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Gun Buybacks Just Don’t Work: Here’s Why

Weapons traded by residents fill up a trash can during an anonymous gun-buyback event in Los Angeles

Gun buybacks are the hot new way for gun grabbers to take your guns away. Not only are they woefully misnamed and a violation of the Second Amendment, they also don’t seem to work in the way gun grabbers intend them to. 

Big shock there. 

So what are gun buybacks, how do they actually work, what do they achieve and, perhaps most importantly, why don’t they accomplish what the gun grabbers say they do?

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What Are Gun Buybacks And How Do They Work?

Gun buybacks are pretty much exactly what they sound like. Sort of. How they work is, someone, usually the local police, offers you money for your guns. Simple, right?

Well, yes, but here’s the thing: First of all, you’re getting pennies on the dollar for your firearms. Sometimes the “buyback” is a $25 Wal-Mart gift card. Second, the term “buyback” is a bit of a misnomer: The government isn’t “buying your gun back” because they never owned it in the first place. 

Gun buybacks in America have been voluntary so far. However, around the world, most notably in Australia, they have been mandatory, bringing into question both the “buy” and the “back” part of the word “buyback.” This is more accurately termed property expropriation with some form of compensation. 

Do Gun Buybacks Work?

The short answer to the question “do gun buybacks work?” is an emphatic “no.” The get some guns “off the streets” but in some cases even this is dubious. For example, many of the guns turned in are non-operational. Another example is the enterprising New Yorker who sold the State of New York $21,000 worth of homemade printed guns. The New York Attorney General sheepishly had to change the rules of the gun buyback programs to avoid a similar embarrassing incident. 

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In some cases, people use their buyback money to simply go out and get a nicer weapon. That’s something we can respect. 

There’s also the small question of the volume, which is… small. It’s estimated that there are as many as 465 million firearms in circulation in the United States. New York State has been buying back guns for over 20 years and has only gotten 10,000 guns off the streets. This includes those non-operational and homemade, 3D-printed guns we were talking about above. 

There is absolutely no evidence that gun buybacks reduce crime. In fact, somewhat surprisingly, gun buybacks don’t even decrease the number one cause of death by firearm – suicide. 

Why Don’t Gun Buybacks Work?

So at the end of the day, why don’t these buyback programs work? 

Well, the low volume, broke guns and homemade guns created specifically for the buybacks sure play a huge role. But they don’t work for probably the same reasons that gun control laws don’t work: The people most likely to get rid of their guns through a buyback program are the ones least likely to use them in violent crimes. Bad actors who would use the guns they just turned in for crimes are probably the most likely ones to be turning in old, broken guns or, in a worst-case scenario, guns used in crimes they want to get rid of. 

There’s also the small matter of the value offered: Are you turning in even your least favorite weapon for $25? $100? $200? Probably not. In fact, if you want to get rid of it, you’re far more likely to head down to the local pawn shop to get a few bucks for it, or bring it with you to a gun show for a private sale.

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Gun buybacks aren’t explicitly gun grabs yet. Still, we would urge freedom loving Americans to avoid them at all costs. As stated above, this is the form that gun confiscation has taken in the past. Even if the local buyback program were offering you top dollar for a rusty old 22 sitting in your closet, why would you want to encourage the gun grabbers to keep at this kind of thing?

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Forces of Freedom Push Back Against National Red Flag Laws


The upcoming visit of Vice President Kamala Harris to Florida isn’t just a routine affair; it’s a strategic move to promote yet another assault on our constitutional rights by the Biden administration. The so-called National Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Resource Center, presented as a tool to prevent violence, is actually a thinly veiled attack on the Second Amendment. Let’s delve into why conservative voices and Republicans are vehemently opposing this Orwellian initiative.

A Closer Look at ERPOs: A Conservative Stand for Freedom

Under the guise of preventing harm, ERPOs grant authorities the power to strip individuals of their firearms based on vague and subjective criteria. Modeled after domestic violence protection orders, these laws trample on the rights of law-abiding citizens, eroding the very foundation of our freedoms.

Erosion of Due Process: A Fundamental Concern for Conservatives

At the heart of conservative values lies a steadfast commitment to due process and the rule of law. ERPOs flagrantly disregard these principles, allowing for the seizure of firearms based on mere allegations, often without the opportunity for the accused to defend themselves in court. This erosion of due process sets a dangerous precedent that conservatives cannot abide by.

Targeting Law-Abiding Citizens: Conservative Opposition

Despite claims of targeting individuals deemed a threat, ERPOs have the potential to be weaponized against law-abiding citizens. By exploiting vague criteria and subjective judgments, authorities can effectively disarm individuals without just cause, infringing upon their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Conservatives recognize this blatant overreach and refuse to stand idly by as their rights are trampled upon.

A Federal Overreach: Conservative Concerns

Conservatives staunchly oppose the creation of the National ERPO Resource Center as a blatant overreach of federal authority. This centralized bureaucracy threatens to undermine the sovereignty of states and the rights of their citizens. Conservatives believe in the principles of limited government and federalism, and they refuse to allow the federal government to dictate firearm policies that should be left to the states and local communities.

Resistance from the Right: Conservative Leaders Speak Out

Republican leaders have been at the forefront of the opposition to this Orwellian initiative. Voices like Reps. Thomas Massie and Marjorie Taylor Greene have sounded the alarm, urging Americans to resist this assault on their freedoms. Conservatives across the country are uniting to defend the Second Amendment and push back against the Biden administration’s agenda.

Conservatives understand that the true path to safety lies not in surrendering our rights but in upholding the principles of liberty and justice for all. The Biden administration’s relentless pursuit of gun control measures is an affront to these principles, and conservatives will continue to stand united against any encroachment on our freedoms. It’s time to reaffirm our commitment to the Constitution and reject any attempts to erode our Second Amendment rights.

What do you think of the push for national red flag laws? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Federal Judge Rules Second Amendment Protects Gun Rights of Illegals


In a groundbreaking decision, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman of Illinois has ruled that the Constitution extends Second Amendment protections to illegal aliens who enter the United States illegally. The ruling comes in response to a case involving defendant Heriberto Carbajal-Flores, challenging a federal prohibition on illegal aliens owning firearms.

Constitutional Protection for Second Amendment Rights

Judge Coleman’s ruling, delivered on Friday, asserts that while there exists a federal ban on illegal immigrants possessing firearms, this prohibition is unconstitutional as applied to Carbajal-Flores. Despite the federal law being deemed “facially constitutional,” the court found that there is no historical basis for firearm regulation that justifies denying Second Amendment rights to noncitizens who have not been convicted of violent crimes.

Judge Coleman stated that the statute violates the Second Amendment. Consequently, the court granted Carbajal-Flores’ motion to dismiss the charges against him.

Legal Precedent and Constitutional Interpretation

In reaching her decision, Judge Coleman referenced the landmark Supreme Court ruling on Second Amendment rights, emphasizing the absence of a historical tradition allowing the government to deprive noncitizens of their constitutional right to bear arms. This interpretation underscores the fundamental principle that the Second Amendment applies not only to citizens but also to noncitizens residing within the United States.

Implications and Future Proceedings

The ruling by Judge Coleman carries significant implications for the legal landscape surrounding gun rights and immigration. By affirming that the Second Amendment protects the rights of non-citizens, the decision challenges existing federal laws and sets a precedent for future cases involving similar circumstances.

Moving forward, the decision is likely to spark debates and legal challenges regarding the intersection of immigration status and constitutional rights. As the case progresses, it will be closely monitored by legal experts, advocacy groups, and policymakers alike, shaping the ongoing discourse on gun rights and immigration policies in the United States.


Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman’s ruling represents a significant development in the ongoing debate over Second Amendment rights and immigration laws. By affirming that noncitizens, including those who enter the country illegally, are entitled to constitutional protections, the decision highlights the importance of upholding fundamental rights regardless of citizenship status. As the legal proceedings continue, the implications of this ruling will reverberate throughout the legal and political spheres, shaping future policies and interpretations concerning gun rights and immigration in the United States.

What do you think of the federal court’s ruling? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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South Carolina Embraces Permitless Carry: Strengthening Second Amendment Rights


In a resounding affirmation of Second Amendment principles, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has signed permitless carry into law, making it the second Republican-led state in as many days to adopt constitutional carry gun laws.

Governor McMaster’s Stance on Permitless Carry

Governor McMaster hailed the new legislation as a crucial step towards enhancing public safety and ensuring that law enforcement agencies possess the necessary tools to combat illegal gun use and possession by criminals. Speaking on the significance of the law, Governor McMaster emphasized its role in enabling law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges to keep career violent offenders behind bars, thereby safeguarding innocent South Carolinians from harm.

The NRA-Backed Bill: Key Provisions


Backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the permitless carry bill allows eligible citizens aged 18 and older to carry a firearm in public without the need to obtain approval and a permit from the government. This legislation represents a significant departure from the previous regulatory framework, which required individuals to undergo a permitting process before carrying a firearm in public spaces.

Bolstering Public Safety

Proponents of permitless carry argue that it enhances public safety by empowering law-abiding citizens to exercise their inherent right to self-defense without bureaucratic impediments. By removing the requirement for a government-issued permit, permitless carry ensures that individuals can protect themselves and their loved ones promptly in critical situations.

Legislative Approval and Support


The bill garnered substantial support in both chambers of the South Carolina legislature, with the state Senate passing the legislation in a 28-18 vote and the state House approving it with a vote of 86-33. This bipartisan support underscores the broad consensus among lawmakers regarding the importance of upholding Second Amendment rights and promoting individual freedoms.

Addressing Concerns and Misconceptions

Critics of permitless carry have raised concerns regarding potential risks associated with expanded firearm access. However, proponents assert that responsible firearm ownership, coupled with stringent penalties for criminal misuse, mitigates these concerns and promotes a safer environment for all citizens.

South Carolina’s embrace of permitless carry represents a significant victory for proponents of Second Amendment rights and individual liberties. By enacting legislation that empowers law-abiding citizens to exercise their inherent right to bear arms, South Carolina reinforces its commitment to upholding the principles enshrined in the United States Constitution. As the national discourse on gun laws continues to evolve, the passage of permitless carry in South Carolina serves as a beacon of hope for those who champion individual freedoms and the preservation of constitutional rights.

Leave your thoughts about the victory of the Second Amendment in South Carolina in the comments below. 

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