‘Gun buy-back’ effort hits road-block in Petersburg, VA

‘Gun buy-back’ effort hits road-block in Petersburg, VA

The Virginia Shooting Sports Association (VSSA) reports that a planned ‘compensated confiscation scheme,’ or gun buy-back faces legal difficulties, so it will be ‘postponed’.

It appears the gun ban group sponsoring the “buy-back” did not get the required ordinance passed in Petersburg before the event.

That ordinance is necessary thanks to a state law that VSSA helped pass in 2012.  That law, HB22, states that no locality can participate in any program in which individuals are given a thing of value in exchange for surrendering a firearm to the locality unless the governing body of the locality has enacted an ordinance authorizing the participation of the locality.

For buy-back events such as this one, “firearms received through the exchange must be offered for sale by public auction or sealed bids to a person licensed as a dealer before otherwise disposing of the firearm.”


Source: Virginia Shooting Sports Association
Photo: LA Gun Buy-Back, 2011, by Antonio Villaraigosa on Flickr


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