Democrat Wants To Subsidize Americans Surrending Firearms To The Government


Think of it as a sort of federal buyback program of the sort that local governments often use. The idea is to have fewer guns in the public’s hands by paying them to turn those guns in.

( – Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) has introduced a bill that would give individuals a federal tax credit for surrendering their semiautomatic weapons.
The “Support Assault Firearms Elimination and Reduction for our Streets Act” would amend the Internal Revenue Code to “allow a credit against tax for surrendering to authorities certain assault weapons.”

Section 25E of the bill reads: In the case of an individual who surrenders a specified assault weapon to the United States or a State or local government (or political subdivision thereof) as part of a Federal, State, or local public safety program to reduce the number of privately owned weapons, on the election of the taxpayer there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter an amount equal to $2,000.”

The bill states that the $2,000 tax credit will be allowed for the taxable year in which the weapon is surrendered and that only one credit will be permitted for each taxable year.

The problem, of course, is that guy buyback programs don’t really do all that much to reduce crime. Because the guns people generally surrender are old, obsolete weapons they don’t want any more and worth less than the value of the buyback the government is offering.

a 2004 study by the National Research Council concluded that gun buy back programs don’t work for exactly those reasons:

“The theory on which gun buy-back programs is based is flawed in three respects. First, the guns that are typically surrendered in gun buy-backs are those that are least likely to be used in criminal activities. Typically, the guns turned in tend to be of two types: (1) old, malfunctioning guns whose resale value is less than the reward offered in buy-back programs or (2) guns owned by individuals who derive little value from the possession of the guns (e.g., those who have inherited guns). The Police Executive Research Forum (1996) found this in their analysis of the differences between weapons handed in and those used in crimes. In contrast, those who are either using guns to carry out crimes or as protection in the course of engaging in other illegal activities, such as drug selling, have actively acquired their guns and are unlikely to want to participate in such programs.

“Second, because replacement guns are relatively easily obtained, the actual decline in the number of guns on the street may be smaller than the number of guns that are turned in. Third, the likelihood that any particular gun will be used in a crime in a given year is low. In 1999, approximately 6,500 homicides were committed with handguns. There are approximately 70 million handguns in the United States…”

I’ve had some gun owners who are something less than principled in their opinions about the use of public money tell me they love gun buyback programs. They dump their old and busted firearms and use the money to buy newer, better guns.

Like most gun control policies, this one is ineffective. But it does make for good political theater.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Roy_Bean

    When Chicago buys a gun back they destroy it without checking to see if it was stolen and without returning stolen guns to their lawfull owners. They actually make it profitable to be a thief and reduce the problems of disposing of stolen property.

    • headward

      By accepting the stolen goods the government would be in violation of buying stolen goods. I would think with all the background checks we do one on the government to make sure they don’t just go killing people.

    • $8194357

      Or checking to see if it was used in a crime?

  • SigFan

    Turn in a busted old blackpowder rifle and get enough for a down payment on a Barrett. What a deal. As usual the morons on the left just don’t get it.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      frilliant Sig!!

  • WOOF

    The cops always have trouble turning swords into plowshares.
    Guns disappear, just like money.

  • HG

    Buy a cheap semi-automatic and knock 2k off your tax bill. Sounds like someone found a way to inadvertently subsidize cheap semi-automatics.

  • sbark

    Still a guy advertising on Bisman Rec/Guns page who is selling a new generic AR for 750.00……….buy 3 for 2250, sell one to the Govt for 2000.00. Have two left over for 250.00
    That sticking it to Obama and his bunch of Facists…….but also to the taxpayors…..choices

  • $8194357

    Da Bears…
    The Afghan Quarterback

    The coach had put together the perfect team for the Chicago Bears. The only thing that was missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn’t find a ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl win.

    Then one night while watching CNN he saw a war-zone scene in Afghanistan . In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Afghan Muslim soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a 15th story window 100 yards away.


    He threw another hand-grenade 75 yards away, right into a chimney.


    Then he threw another at a passing car going 90 mph.


    “I’ve got to get this guy!” Coach said to himself . “He has the perfect arm!”

    So, he brings him to the States and teaches him the great game of football. And the Bears go on to win the Super Bowl.

    The young Afghan is hailed as the great hero of football, and when the coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants is to call his mother.

    “Mom,” he says into the phone, “I just won the Super Bowl!”

    “I don’t want to talk to you, the old Muslim woman says.”You are not my son!”

    “I don’t think you understand, Mother,” the young man pleads. “I’ve won the greatest sporting event in the world. I’m here among thousands of my adoring fans.”

    “No! Let me tell you!” his mother retorts. “At this very moment, there are gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two brothers were beaten within an inch of their lives last week, and I have to keep your sister in the house so she doesn’t get raped!” The old lady pauses, and then tearfully says,

    “I will never forgive you for making us move to Chicago !!!!