Fail: Colorado Gun Buyback Canceled Because Of New Gun Control Laws

They had it all planned out. Together Colorado, an organization which bills itself as a non-partisan, “multi-faith” group had an August 4th gun buyback event planned where people could turn in their weapons in exchange for store gift cards and tickets for sporting events. They had raised $8,000 to buy these incentives. Then they were going to turn all the turned-in firearms over to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department who would in turn destroy the guns, making Colorado streets a little bit safer.

Then, the destroyed guns were going to go to a local artist named Jessica Adams who had planned to make a piece of “art” out of the metal gun fragments with the express purpose of “raising awareness” of gun violence. [Gag me.]

But all their dreams and aspirations were for naught. Thanks to Colorado’s new gun control laws, such a gun buyback scenario would be completely unfeasible, as Boulder County’s Sheriff Joe Pelle admitted. They had to cancel the event:

“‘The bottom line is what we anticipated doing would still be legal — but procedurally we can’t follow through with it at this time,’ Pelle said Tuesday. A stricter law that went into effect July 1 requires buyers to go to a licensed firearms dealer and undergo a background check. The InstaCheck systems used in the checks are not mobile, which means they couldn’t be used at the sheriff’s compound where the buyback was planned. ‘It’s not a portable system,’ Pelle said. ‘It can’t be done at the site.’ Essentially, for the event to work, Pelle said the group would have to find a licensed firearms dealer to host the event and then pay the dealer per transaction, ‘which becomes very unproductive,’ he said.”

Gun buybacks are favorites among gun control proponents. They don’t actually do anything, but they look good to low information voters who want a false sense of security. And here they are in Colorado, and they can’t even do their silly gun buybacks anymore because of their own laws that make it too difficult to be worth it. Even if they were able to perform the background checks on every single person “buying back” people’s firearms, they’d still have to pay $10 per transaction.

Not surprisingly, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle is not one of the many sheriffs suing Colorado for passing this background check law and the high-capacity magazine ban. He may be disappointed that this group couldn’t go through with their gun buyback plans, but he said it’s all about the “larger good,” which he said is accomplished through the background check system. Go figure.