Gun buy-back programs remove thousands of guns from homes each year that are in dangerously bad working order or are from homes where they are likely to be misused or stolen and are unneeded, keeping the guns out of the hands of children or criminals.
From an article:
"We've been considering doing this for quite some time, but we wanted to be able to provide something of value for the guns," said Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark.
Officers found their incentive in the form of a pre-loaded gift card. The police department received a grant from Walmart and redeemed it for gift cards in several different amounts, which will be handed out in exchange for different types of weapons.
Someone turning in a handgun will receive a $50 Walmart gift card. A long gun can be traded in for a $25 Walmart gift card, and an assault weapon will get you a gift card worth $100 (while supplies last).The gun turn-in was held at local churches.
|Guns for sale at Sumter Walmart (source)|
Unfortunately, there's nothing to stop those who drop off their guns for gift cards then turning around, entering the Walmart store, and using them to purchase more guns and ammo. So it's basically an empty gesture to make Walmart look good despite their heavily-tarnished image for gun crimes.
Thanks anyway, Walmart.
It should be pointed out that there have been seven gun crimes and shootings at Walmart stores in South Carolina since fall of 2012.
Walmart. Save money. Die faster.