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NY Gun Buyback Boondoggle

3-D printed gun parts nets one man $21,000

The prevailing thought for gun buybacks is that they “remove guns from the street.” It’s a total lie. Criminals don’t turn in their guns (unless they want to buy a better one), and others usually only turn in the ones that are broken, unusable, or in the case of a recent NY gun buyback, baggies of plastic parts run off on a 3-D printer. Yet cities across the board tout the programs as “successful.”

NY Gun Buyback Boondoggle

Four guys scammed the Utica Police Department for a total of $45,000 in gift cards when they turned in baggies of plastic gun parts they ran off on 3-D printers. One man referred to as ‘Kem’ got $21,000 in cards in Utica’s August gun buyback.

“Nobody thought this through. If you look at the flyer, it is just the gravest thing that Letitia James could have done,” Kem told WKTV in an interview. “She literally put a bounty on 3D-printed guns. She said, ‘I will give you extra money if it doesn’t have a serial number on it’ — they didn’t touch on any details, there was no fine print, and that’s why I was able to walk out with $21,000.”

“I’m sure handing over $21,000 in gift cards to some punk kid after getting a bunch of plastic junk was a rousing success,” said Kem laughing. “Gun buybacks are a fantastic way of showing, number one, that your policies don’t work, and, number 2, you’re creating perverse demand. You’re causing people to show up to these events, and, they don’t actually reduce crime whatsoever.”

Kem to WKTV

 

He’s right about one thing: gun buybacks do not reduce crime in any way shape or form. AG Letitia James said that they “adjusted” their policy on the gun buybacks so that no one can ever scam them again. Which remains to be seen.

Another NY police department at Camillus didn’t learn the lesson and also began a gun buyback program, although this time they excluded 3-D printed weapons. The Camillus program snagged only 172 guns in their effort. No word on whether anyone made extra money from it.

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Think about this: the NY gun buyback program has only removed “3,500” guns out of literally millions since 2019. How is that a “success?” New York has a criminal problem, not a legal gun owner problem. In order to keep New Yorkers safe, they must target the criminals instead of the tools criminals use.

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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