The Florida city of Lauderhill, in Broward County, will be hosting a gun turn in event on 18 May, 2013. While these events are commonly labled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them.

I have been unable to find what the value of the gift cards offered will be, but the event will be held at Lauderhill Sprts Park, 7500 West Oakland Park Blvd., from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Lauderhill has the highest percentage of Jamaican immigrants in the country, about 18 percent. It was primarily a retirement community in the 1980's and 1990's, so there might be some decent guns turned in by widows who do not understand their value.

Across the country, communities, police departments and churches are sponsoring gun turn-ins to get "guns off the street". At many of these events, private buyers are showing up, offering cash for the more valuable guns. These private additions to the public turn-in are effective, no doubt, in getting more guns off the street, because they add to the resources that are available to those who want to get rid of guns for something of value, be it a grocery card or a number of twenty dollar bills.

You can help make the turn-in in your area more effective by standing on the curve with your "Cash for Guns" sign, or at a folding table, willing to offer more than the gift card for firearms that are more valuable. It would be best if numerous private parties were available, as more good guns could then be transferred into responsible hands.

This action serves many useful purposes. It stretches the turn-in budget so that more guns can be taken off the street. It helps keep fearful widows from being defrauded of most of the market value of the gun they are turning in. It prevents valuable assets from being destroyed by bureaucratic inflexibility. It is a win-win-win situation.

It also dispels the pernicious message that guns are bad and should be destroyed.

Local information about Lauderhill would be much appreciated by everyone.

Link to article with numerous exampls of private sales at gun turn in events

2013 by Dean Weingarten Permission to share granted as long as this notice is included.