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Gift Cards for Guns: Seattle, King County Launch New Buyback Program

The first anonymous buyback will take place Jan. 26 in downtown Seattle.

King County Executive Dow Constantine joined Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn Tuesday in announcing a new buyback program that will allow gun owners to exchange firearms for gift cards to Amazon.com and other vendors.

Speaking at a Seattle press conference, Constantine noted that King County has not been immune to high-profile incidents of gun violence. In May, four people—including a Bellevue woman—were killed in a shooting rampage that began at a Seattle coffee shop.

“As we keep all those families in our hearts, taking guns off the street is a concrete action we can take now,” Constantine said.

Do you think gun buybacks are an effective way to combat gun violence? Tell us in the comments section.

The first buyback will take place underneath I-5 between James and Cherry streets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 26. Officials say the process will be completely anonymous.

People will be able to trade in handguns, shotguns and rifles for $100 gift cards and state-classified assault weapons for $200. Amazon is donating $30,000 in gift cards to the program, McGinn said. (More information can be found on the Seattle Police Department's website.)

The Jan. 26 event is just the beginning, McGinn said, and officials are looking for additional organizations to provide financial incentives for future buybacks.

“We would like to make this a sustainable program,” he said.

The last Seattle gun buyback program took place in 1992.

Jason F. January 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Can they melt them down and make new guns? I want to buy the new guns forged from old guns! Cool!
georgef January 11, 2013 at 07:12 PM
You can always show up nearby and offer a higher price. However, since this is an "anonymous" buyback program, and only offering $200, any gun of any value to a responsible owner will not be there. What will be there are stolen guns, guns already used in a crime, and broken guns. None of which you really want anyway.
georgef January 11, 2013 at 07:18 PM
England is already talking (since 2005) about banning kitchen knives since they have been used in so many crimes after guns were banned. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7508404.stm
Judy Derpack January 12, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Yet, you give no viable alternative solutions, Dexter. Typical. What do you propose, then?
dexterjibs January 12, 2013 at 05:43 AM
Good point, Judy. Just because I don't mention an alternative means we should continue with a dumb arse program like this. How about we double the money we are putting into this idiocy and that way we feel twice as good. Lets just do something, ANYTHING! That way we can pat ourselves on the back when the next mass shooting occurs.

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