Gun buyback programs purchase privately-owned firearms to make homes safe from gun accidents and reduce the chance these weapons could be stolen in burglaries or otherwise lost. These programs are operated by both police and private parties. Recent studies show our nation has by far the largest number of legally owned firearms in the world. At 310 million guns, we are very near the point where there is one gun for every American. At least 100 people including 10 children are killed with firearms each day. Guns are used to kill more than 90% of all police officers murdered in the line of duty. Over $4 billion is spent each year on gun-related medical costs. Supporters claim gun buyback programs are successful in reducing the number of these tragedies. However, recent studies have questioned whether gun buyback programs are effective in lowering the number of guns in the communities they serve. Some studies have found there are just too many weapons in circulation for a difference to be made by removing a few. Undeterred, gun buyback supporters say that a life could be spared with â€œeach gun, each bulletâ€ that is removed from circulation.
H.R.227 – Buyback Our Safety Act
I oppose reforming current gun buyback programs policy and wish to defeat H.R.227
I support making grants to assist in funding gun buyback programs carried out by state, local, and Indian tribal law enforcement agencies which will adequately advertise the program to the public, such program will be administered by law enforcement personnel, all guns received will remain in the possession of law enforcement personnel, adequate safeguards will be established and followed to prevent fraud, the agency will have in place a process to test on site a gun purchased before payment is provided, and an adequate process will be in place to destroy all guns received; directs the Assistant Attorney General to enter into an arrangement with the National Academy of Sciences to: develop standards for identifying guns that are the most likely to be used in violent crimes; and establishing a pricing scale for purchasing such guns through gun buyback programs; authorizes the Assistant Attorney General to waive all or part of the matching funds requirement for a program that provides for obtaining only such guns, and wish to pass H.R.227