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Liberal city leaders launch “gun buyback” program, get outsmarted by guy who makes $3k off it

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HOUSTON, TX – On Saturday, July 30th, Houston hosted a “gun buyback” event at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church — an effort that Mayor Sylvester Turner hailed as “incredibly successful.”

More than 800 guns were collected, with one individual taking full advantage by selling dozens of “ghost guns,” which are 3D-printed firearms. The guns were turned over to the city in exchange for $50, $100, $150, and $200 Visa gift cards.

The gift cards amounts were based on the type of firearm, including $50 for non-functioning guns, $100 for shotguns/rifles, $150 per handgun, and $200 for automatic rifles.

The man who has claimed to exchange his dozens of homemade 3D-printed guns at the gun buyback event was interviewed by FOX 26, saying:

“The goal was not personal profit, but to send [Houston leaders] a message about spending $1 million tax dollars on something that has no evidence of any effect on crime…”

The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, went viral on social media after claiming to sell back 62 3D-printed “ghost guns” at the gun buyback event. The man said that each gun cost him about $3 to produce and he made about $2,900 off the city.

The man said that his goal is to have the city, “Pay fair prices [at gun buyback events], use private donations rather than tax dollars, and don’t destroy historic guns.”

In response, Mayor Turner claims that these type of 3D printed “ghost guns” will not be accepted at future gun buyback events. He said:

“We’re going to exclude those next time around. This is a program designed for people who want to voluntarily relinquish their guns.”

He added:

“You’ll always have people who will try and take advantage of the programs. I was there when that person brought in those guns. The reason we went ahead and did that was we had not said we weren’t going to.”

 

In February, Mayor Turner announced “One Safe Houston,” a $53 million federally funded initiative aimed at decreasing crime across Houston. He said that $1 million from the initiative will be used for gun buyback events. Turner said:

“There are folks who don’t want any guns removed. Well, I don’t want any more children dying.”

He added:

“There needs to be state and federal laws to ban people from manufacturing and producing these ghost guns. They’re just as deadly. All that person did is highlight why there are so many guns on our street.”

The mayor said that he believes Saturday’s gun buyback event was a success and that they are already planning for at least two more soon. He said:

“If we can remove a few of these guns that would have been used in a crime, then the initiative is worth it.”

These gun buyback events do not sit well with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, which categorized the event as a “potential deterrent” to solving crime. David Mitcham, the top assistant to DA Kim Ogg, said that this office takes issue with the “no-questions-asked” part of the event.

In the event any of the turned-in guns are determined to have been used to commit a crime, Mitcham said connecting that weapon to a person responsible would be akin to encountering a “brick wall or blind alley.” He added:

“We certainly recognize the importance of getting guns off our streets … in an effort to reduce violent crime. We applaud that sentiment. But it frankly is mystifying as to why you wouldn’t identify who it is that was turning in the gun.”

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