If I lived in South Carolina, I’m not sure I’d be very happy right now. Yesterday, the state had a big “guns for stuff” turn-in program where you could give the authorities your gun and they’d give you a rose and a Best Buy gift card. You’ve seen programs like this before. They have varying degrees of success
There was a hitch to this program, though that worked against the stated goal of getting weapons “off the streets”.
There was no amnesty for those turning in the guns. The weapons were being checked to see if they were stolen, names and addresses were jotted down and ballistics tests would also be done to see if the firearm was used in a crime.
Both Cowan and Patterson said there were no incidents and no arrests made Saturday.
Gee, I wonder why that was?
Essentially, the authorities collected a bunch of guns from people who were legally allowed to have them while ensuring that the criminals who had illegal guns would not turn them in unless they were very, very stupid.
No weapons were taken “off the streets” but the state did succeed in convincing legal gun owners to turn in their weapons at taxpayer expense.
It makes you wonder what the point of the program really was.
(via NC Conservative)