The goal of the popular gun buybacks held last spring in Phoenix was clear: purchase and destroy as many unwanted weapons as possible before a new state law requiring police to sell firearms instead of melting them down took effect.
The program collected nearly 2,000 weapons, and Phoenix police worked nearly 175 hours of overtime — at a cost of about $10,000 — to ensure the guns were destroyed before the law kicked in last Friday.
The Border Patrol and ATF pitched in to “help.”
Most of the firearms turned in to buy-back programs tend to be non-functional junk that are in such poor shape that they can’t be pawned. It seems to be a waste of time and money to destroy these firearms before the law kicks in, when they likely would have been scrapped anyway.
This is almost as big of a waste of money as San Mateo (CA) County supervisors voting to scrap 755 police department handguns instead of selling them back to the manufacturer.
Where do they find these people?