Thu 14 Jun, 2012 06:04 pm
Yesterday, the Delaware Senate defeated Senate Bill 204,
legislation to renew the state-funded gun “buyback" program.
Misnamed since we do not buy firearms from the government,
this program gives away taxpayer dollars to police and community
groups in the name of crime reduction.
Many thanks to state Senator Dave Lawson (R-15) who led the charge
in helping defeat SB 204 by a 13 to 8 vote.
Sponsored by state Senator Robert Marshall (D-3), SB 204 sought
to reauthorize the "Community Firearm Recovery Program," which
expires on July 1. This pilot program, started last year, was budgeted
to spend $200,000 for the next fiscal year. Despite the need for
annual funding, SB 204 would have created a permanent framework
for this program and expanded it beyond Wilmington.
Gun buybacks across the country have proven to be ineffective and
waste of taxpayer dollars. The average person who voluntarily
surrenders a firearm to police is not a criminal and the firearms
surrendered are not those misused by criminals. Last year, over
$100,000 of taxpayer money was squandered in this program,
while in no way deterring or reducing violent crime
or criminal access to firearms. Government should not be in the gun (collection) business.