The usual suspects are coming up with the same tired old ideas to implement gun control, usually incrementally, so we don’t see confiscation creeping up on us. It’s a game as old as the hills, and it’ll go on as long as the hills are there.
One idea being advanced (again) as part of a “Green New Deal for Guns” is a gun buyback program, this time mandatory rather than voluntary. Of course, it’s logically nonsensical; how can the government (or anyone else) buy back a gun that was never theirs in the first place? However, logic has never stopped a gun-grabber. I think Clint Eastwood put this idea firmly in its place some time ago.
“Participating in a gun buyback program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.”
I also like another of his quotes on the subject:
“I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”
A 'gun buyback' is a great place to get cheap firearms, IMHO. Come with cash, ask to see what the folks in line are bringing, and buy the guns you're interested in. Since the buyback usually is at $100 or so, it isn't hard to outbid them. Many are turning in junk, but there's the occasional gem to be found. I have a very nice GP100 picked up that way. Alas, Arizona doesn't do gun buybacks any more.
Gun buybacks can be lucrative the other way as well. A friend turned in an Airsoft pistol (after painting the orange end) and made a decent profit. Most of the people working a buyback have no clue about firearms.
I actually did buy a gun from the Fe(de)ral government – an M1 Garand through the Department of Civilian Marksmanship program thirty-(cough) years ago. Really good deal at the time. If they want to buy it back from me, I'd be game if they were willing to pay market price for it since I have other more modern firearms on hand. Unfortunately, I had this really tragic canoeing accident some time ago . . .
A friend of mine, an LEO from another state, told me that the weapons turned in at these buy-back programs would lose a firefight to a "teenie-bopper armed with a slingshot."
I wonder if disappearances from PD evidence rooms increase right before a buy-back? (Asking for a friend.)
I don't know, but in the town my wife and I used to live, an investigation into missing stuff from the evidence room (mostly drugs) triggered a fire that gutted that end of the building. Investigations cause fires.