Crime Politics

Miami has gun buy-back program

January 9, 2013

In an effort to curb illegal guns and gun violence, Miami police is holding its first 2013 gun buyback operation of the year.

Beginning on Jan. 19, anyone can drop off any firearm at designated locations and receive a gift certificate with no questions asked.

“We are urging the public to join us in the efforts to reduce gun violence and make a difference,” the police department said in a news release.

The buybacks will be from 10 a .m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

• Jan. 19 – Model City NET, Jordan Grove Baptist Church, 5946 NW 12th Ave.

• Jan. 26 – Overtown NET, St. John Baptist Church, 1328 NW Third Ave.

• Feb. 2 – Little Havana NET, San Juan Bosco Catholic Church, 1301 W. Flagler St.


Maybe Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, Pensacola City Council, Sheriff David Morgan and Board of County Commissioners should look into a similar program here. Guns for Food.

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  • jeeperman January 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Your just back-peddling now Observer.
    You said “It’s silly. No reduction of crime or gun use has ever been associated with gun buy backs.”
    Which is not true because even one gun turned in is one gun that is not a target for theft and/or use in a crime.
    Now your trying to say that 100 guns turned in when there are 300+ million in the USA is statistically meaningless.
    Well duh, your right.

  • EPenn January 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    So, what you’re saying Observer, its all guns or its not worth it? But wouldn’t you just be getting the legal guns then… because if you could get the illegal ones or the ones from the criminals… why wouldn’t you already be doing it? Just asking….

    I believe the gun buy backs get a few guns that could be used by criminals off the street, maybe jsut a few, but it also gets a lot of old, dirty and dangerous to common folk guns out of their houses… Unkept weapons are never good to have around and also old ammunition should be collected too.

  • Observer January 10, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Show me statistics that show gun buy backs do anything. They don’t get enough guns off the streets to matter. The great majority of guns are never used in crimes (including being stolen). Hence, the small number of guns involved in gun buybacks do nothing to reduce gun crimes statistically. Just a waste of time and money that makes it look like something is being done. A more effective approach to gun crime is something like 10-20-Life, where the criminal misuse of guns is harshly punished.

  • jeeperman January 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    But, every gun that is bought back or turned in is one less gun that a criminal can steal or can be used by anyone.
    And yes, criminals steal from criminals.
    So with that, your statement is 100% incorrect Observer.

  • Observer January 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    It’s silly. No reduction of crime or gun use has ever been associated with gun buy backs.

  • Nic January 9, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Observer, the buy back program isn’t targeting the law-abiding citizens, hence the no questions asked clause. Law-abiding citizens don’t need a buy back program to sell their guns. If one person drops off a gun there, it is one less illegal gun on the streets. It’s not silly. It’s a start.

  • L.Laird January 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Criminals do not need to own guns; they just steal them from NRA members, transport them to Arizona, trade them for drugs, and then bring the drugs back via the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, which does have a club here in Escambia. But of course, all those want a bee’s have no clue that by dressing up like those moran’s, that they our supporting the legitmance of those criminal organization. So, when one notices the signs, WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYLE, it really means watch out for you guns or for drop being transported.

  • jeeperman January 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Bring it on.
    I been saving various guns I found at garage sales.
    Some real junkers too, all rusted to heck, bent barrels, broken stocks.
    But hey, if someone wants to give me cash or food for them, I will.

  • Observer January 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Silly idea. No criminals are going to sell their guns, only law-abiding citizens will.