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Tell Us: Gun Buy-Backs Effective?

Are buy-backs effective in reducing gun violence?

Illegal gun possession presents a constant problem for law enforcement as evidenced by repeating arrests seen in Suffolk County Police blotters in Huntington Station and East Northport.

Suffolk County has held gun buy back programs in the past as a way of incentivizing the peaceful surrender of illegal firearms and, just this week, Nassau County purchased 330 illegal guns during a buy back program. The buy-back yielded nearly 200 handguns, 15 assault rifles, seven sawed-off shotguns and two semi-automatic handguns.

The question we pose is this: Do you think these programs work? Do they make a difference, or only serve to remove a small portion of the illegal guns on the street?

MrsE February 20, 2013 at 08:49 PM
I think the criminals are laughing all the way to the bank and it does very little to stem violence perpetrated by these individuals. I'd like to know is there a precipitous drop in shootings after a buy back?
Big Stevie Cool February 20, 2013 at 08:51 PM
It makes no difference at all ....it's not the gun it's the criminal ...... It like going from 10 rounds to 7 rounds in a mag. it makes no difference ......... Just like our Governor he makes no difference .....
Steve February 21, 2013 at 05:17 PM
See it for what it is....The people getting rid of guns during a buy-back program are NOT the people out in the streets committing violent gun crimes. It is and always will be just a useless political feel good program with no use other than to waste the government's money and time.

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