Loading...
The Daily Dose Blog The Daily Dose Blog Home

Seattle launches new gun buyback program

In the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings, city leaders want to do something immediate to get guns off the street.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jan 9, 2013 6:44PM

In an effort to remove illegal guns from city streets, Seattle is hosting its first gun buyback since 1992 on Saturday, Jan. 26. Seattle and King County leaders said they've raised $100,000 to launch the program. Anyone who turns in weapons will receive up to a $100 gift card in exchange for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and a $200 gift card in exchange for assault weapons, reports The Seattle Times.

Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP

The effectiveness of such programs has been highly debated by both pro- and anti-gun groups.

More on MSN Living: 100 ways to save money in 2013

A 2004 report by the National Academies’ Committee on Law and Justice cites, “Those who are either using guns to carry out crimes or as protection in the course of engaging in other illegal activities, such as drug selling, have actively acquired their guns and are unlikely to want to participate in such programs.”

The report cites the following three main flaws in gun buyback programs:

1.      Guns that are typically surrendered in gun buy-backs are those that are least likely to be used in criminal activities. They tend to be either old, malfunctioning guns whose resale value is less than the reward offered in buy-back programs or guns owned by individuals who derive little value from the possession of the guns (e.g., those who have inherited guns).

2.     Replacement guns are relatively easily obtained, the actual decline in the number of guns on the street may be smaller than the number of guns that are turned in.

3.     The likelihood that any particular gun will be used in a crime in a given year is low.

More on MSN Living: 50 best celebrity makeovers of all time

Participants need not worry about being arrested, reports SFGate.com. Police won't take photos or record license plates. They will run serial numbers to see if the weapons have been stolen; if so, ballistics tests will be performed and officers will try to return the weapons to their legal owners, said Seattle Police Deputy Chief Nick Metz.

"This isn't a trick, and this isn't a sting. Whether you're turning an anti-tank missile launcher you 'found' in your basement, or your Gammie's old .45, the buyback is anonymous with no questions asked," the police department said in a statement.

The 1992 buyback netted 1,700 handguns, despite an estimated 1.8 million guns in King County. Seattle had 27 homicides last year, but 23 of them were in the first five months.

Bing: Will gun buyback programs end violence?

"I want to be clear. This is just one tool in the toolbox. This isn't going to solve our problems," Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said at a news conference at Mount Zion Baptist Church.

“If the program averted one gun tragedy, it was worthwhile,” McGinn was quoted.

Do gun buyback programs make a difference? Why or why not?

More from MSN Living:
Mansion made from trash
2012's worst words
10 facts about guns in America

Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP

Subscribe to the Daily Dose

inspire: live a better life

  • 13 ways to improve your life this spring

    13 ways to improve your life this spring

    No one looks forward to washing windows or storing the ski gear or the other chores associated with spring-cleaning. But this annual ritual does not have to be a drag, if you approach it in a slightly different way. "You've been cooped up with this cave-like mentality all winter; now it's time to break free and play," says R.D. Chin, a feng shui architect and consultant in New York City. "It's time to follow the cycle of nature, get rid of the clutter, and free up your mind." Here's our idea of what a truly effective spring-cleaning can look like.

  •  David Paul Morris, Bloomberg via Getty Images //  David Paul Morris, Bloomberg via Getty Images ( David Paul Morris, Bloomberg via Getty Images)

    Top Americans of all time named

    American presidents garner most votes over celebrities in a poll ranking the 100 most significant citizens.

  • The 10 coldest travel destinations on Earth

    The 10 coldest travel destinations on Earth

    Heading to a world-class beach town is always a safe bet for a great vacation, but if you want something that tests your limits, consider a more extreme spot. Here are 10 places around the world that require a winter coat year-round and offer spectacular glaciers, ice features, and the best snow anywhere.

  • 50 hidden gems in the US

    51 hidden gems in the US

    From the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty, the U.S. boasts world-famous national parks, historical sites and landmarks. Beyond the well-known locations, there's a wealth of undiscovered destinations stretching from coast to coast worth visiting. From scenic sand dunes to wild mountains, here's 51 places within America that you've probably never heard of.

  • Hudson Bay has old earth rocks

    10 interesting facts about the Earth

    How much do you really know about the Earth? In honor of Earth Day, April 22, we explore some interesting and fun facts about the fifth-largest planet of our solar system.

  • stress and happiness

    Beat stress and boost happiness

    Most of the stuff we worry about never happens.

  • How to end an email

    You've written an email, and need to wrap it up. You could end with a simple "Sincerely," tack on your name, and then shoot it out the door, proving definitively that you suck at communication.

  • Go where few have gone

    Craziest places to visit on the planet

    Here are nine of the most extreme trips on the planet -- and the outfitters that take adventurers over the edge and back again.

  • 10 serious adventures anyone can conquer

    10 serious adventures anyone can conquer

    A true challenge is within your reach. All it takes is a few months to get in shape and a few days off work.

  • How to set a world record

    How to set a world record

    Think you got what it takes to be included in the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records? We consult one of the judges to help you on your quest.

  • User-friendly home automation

    8 ways to smarten up your home

    Just a few years ago, the term "home automation" meant a bunch of blinking lights and a headache. But thanks to simpler interfaces and the rise of smartphones, new tech can transform your house into a safer, more comfortable, less wasteful place.

  • The 13 most annoying people on the airplane

    The 13 most annoying people on the airplane

    If you're like most people, flying around in a big metal tube in the sky isn't your idea of a fun time. From the terrible food to the cramped space, flying can be a miserable experience. Don't make the flight even more soul-sucking by breaking airplane etiquette. We've compiled a list of the worst-inflight offenders. by Rebecca Pattee

Loading...
about rich maloof
Loading...
buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
inspire videos
editor's picks
Loading...