King County, Seattle launch gun-buyback initiative

January 14, 2013

By Staff

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14, 2013

King County and Seattle leaders launched a gun-buyback program Jan. 8 in a bid to curb gun violence.

The countywide initiative offers a monetary incentive for people to turn in firearms. The initial gun-buyback event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 in the downtown Seattle parking lot underneath Interstate 5 between Cherry and James streets.

In exchange for dropping off a weapon, people receive a gift card valued at up to $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to $200 for assault weapons.

The partnership among the Seattle Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies, and community and faith-based organizations is meant to offer places where people can turn in firearms anonymously, with no questions asked.

“The sheriff’s office remains committed to providing a safe place for citizens to turn in guns they no longer want,” Sheriff John Urquhart said. “It is a much better choice to remove an unwanted gun from your home than to leave it where it can be stolen and used in a crime.”

Seattle police also plan to distribute trigger locks at police precincts during normal business hours.

The agency last held a gun buyback program in 1992.

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7 Responses to “King County, Seattle launch gun-buyback initiative”

  1. DOUG on January 14th, 2013 2:16 pm

    If you want to see our “feel good” politicians in action, go down and look at the weapons being bought back. Ancient relics, broken and disabled, and rifles so useless they couldn’t be used for door stops. But hey if it makes you feel good that our gang of numbskulls are “protecting us” go ahead

  2. Stan Favini on January 14th, 2013 4:09 pm

    I can see it now…criminals by the score just running to turn in their guns. How much safer we will be. Oh right, I guess the bad guys won’t be doing that but just think how much safer law abiding citizens will be when they are unarmed.

  3. Stan Favini on January 14th, 2013 4:14 pm

    After reading Doug’s comment, I think I’ll turn in by broken .32 breaktop (entirely unserviceable or repairable) and the .22 I have that I can’t hit anything but the ground with (and that’s just because of gravity).

  4. Smoley on January 14th, 2013 5:48 pm

    You’d think in this town, they would have something similar for turning in the most dangerous, evil, vile, despised object on the west coast…

    The single-use plastic shopping bag.

  5. Jordan on January 14th, 2013 6:39 pm

    Oh great! They want to take away our guns and banned them, and think it’ll make things safer? COMPLETELY CORRECT! Criminals always obey they law.

  6. Vincent on January 14th, 2013 11:07 pm

    Those whom wish to outlaw guns have no education or understanding of firearms. That which we do not understand, we fear. Those that abuse the firearm capabilities, have no morality and/or mental control. The right to keep and bear arms, through the Second amendment, is there to protect the entire Bill of Rights. Defend it to the fullest extent!

    Read your history lessons; Public figures need educate themselves on the results of “gun restrictions”; think about your responsibilities to uphold and protect the constitution…. part of your oath of office. WE THE PEOPLE are your boss’s not your subjects.

  7. Marilyn on January 15th, 2013 3:45 am

    In this tight economy, with it’s rising costs, shrinking wages, job loss and economic roller coaster, WHY would anyone with a lick of common sense “turn in” a pistol, revolver , rifle or shotgun for a gift card valued “up to $100.00″ Worse yet, why would they “turn in” an assault rifle (modern sporting rifle) for a gift card valued at up to $200.00?

    If you really don’t want the guns in your home, sell them to a reputable gun shop, consign them to that gun shop or pawn them. You’ll get a lot more cash than what’s being offered in this buy back. I mean, $200.00 for a modern sporting rifle (assault rifle to the uninformed) when a reputable dealer could get you five to seven times that amount and….when they sell it for you they do the background checks to make sure it is not going to some bad guy.

    Don’t let these “feel good” leaders cheat YOU out of what your gun is REALLY worth. If money is tight for you, re-read the above.

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