Police Got 270 Guns at Saturday's Buy Back Event; Pro-Gun Group Got 100

Last weekend's Cleveland police gun buy back event downtown offered gift certificates and tickets to folks in exchange for their guns, even sawed-off shotguns and guns with serial numbers filed off, no questions asked.

According to NewsNet5, police got 270 guns.

According to Guns.com, Ohio Carry, a pro-gun group which set up shop just ahead of police and was looking for collectible or valuable weapons, got 100.

“The police ran out of gift certificates at about 11:30, so all the people who realized they would be getting nothing came over to a parking lot near us and we bought the guns for cash,” Brett Pucillo, president of Ohio Carry told Guns.com Sunday.

“Overall we saved about 100 guns. Anything worth saving was saved. I would say less than 10 guns of actual value made it through us to get turned in to police. If the guns weren’t worth anything, we directed them over to the police to at least get something for them. And we did encounter a couple with scratched off serial numbers that we immediately directed to the police,” Pucillio said.

The gun rights advocate stressed that all of the guns were bought in individual transactions and included several collectable firearms and antiques. The cache included a Colt 1911 and M1 Garand of World War II vintage, a Ruger Blackhawk and a Dan Wesson .357 Magnum that went into the hands of gun lovers rather than into the furnace door of a smelter.

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Vince Grzegorek

Vince Grzegorek has been with Scene since 2007 and editor-in-chief since 2012. He previously worked at Discount Drug Mart and Texas Roadhouse.
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