Pro-gun rights activists outbid cops for 'buy back' guns

'They're going to destroy firearms; we're going to put them in hands of citizens'

by Drew Zahn

While the Austin, Texas, police were offering grocery cards in exchange for unwanted firearms over the weekend, local activists showed up to outbid the men in uniform, insisting liberty would be better served if the guns were in the hands of law-abiding citizens instead.

At the "no-questions-asked" event held at Oak Meadow Baptist Church in South Austin, the Austin Police Department offered, for example, a $100 Visa grocery card for an unwanted handgun. The activists offered $110 in cash.

"We don't agree with the 'Guns for Groceries' program, because they're going to destroy most of the firearms," explained John Bush, executive director of the group Texans for Accountable Government. "The firearms that we purchase, we're going to put them in the hands of [Texans] who are in need of firearms to protect their families but they can't afford them."

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