Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Gun Buyback Canceled Because of New Gun Laws

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Organizers have canceled a gun buyback at the request of Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, who says Colorado's new gun laws would make it nearly impossible to comply.

Pelle says a strict law that went into effect July 1 requires buyers to go to a licensed firearms dealer and undergo a background check.

The computer systems are not portable and could not be used at the sheriff's compound where the buyback was planned next month.

The Boulder Daily Camera reports the group would have to find a licensed firearms dealer to hold the event and then pay the dealer for each transaction, which would be too expensive and too difficult. Together Colorado -- a group that bills itself as a nonpartisan multi-faith organization -- had planned the event.

In an e-mail announcing the cancellation, Sheila Dierks said: "Sheriff Pelle has stood strong for this event, has done tremendous work to make it happen and he is as disappointed as we are."

Event organizers had planned to give gift cards or tickets to sporting events to people who turned in firearms. Students raised nearly $8,000 to purchase the incentives.

The idea was to collect guns and then immediately hand them over to the Sheriff's Office for destruction. Some of the remnants of the destroyed firearms would then be passed along to Boulder-area metalworking artist Jessica Adams to use for a sculpture aimed at creating gun violence awareness.

A fine example of unintended consequences.


  1. The picture says it all. Is the sheriff one of the many opposed to COs new laws and shedding crocodile tears or is he as the article says in favor of the buyback but bound by the letter of the law.... not that it matters.... unintended consequences can sometimes work in favor of liberty!

  2. I'm amazed they didn't go ahead with it citing the laws don't apply to them. At least there was some restraint shown. Surprising for the progressives.

  3. New gun laws will always be made keeping the safety of the general public in mind. But, these laws will be hard to follow for some gun owners. I got not surprise after reading this article. The plan of gun buyback was surely to be canceled.