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I wonder if Alderman Johnson realizes that such weapons, by Georgia Law, must be sold to the public? Not that most jurisdictions appear to be complying with that law.
 

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Alderman Van Johnson plans to speak about the effort, and says he will have more details on how a new community based gun buy back initiative has been created to get illegal non-functioning, crap, POS guns out of the hands of young people.
Corrected to burst the alderman's political bubble.
 

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I heard about the gun buy back on the TV as I was heading out of the house this morning and my reaction was, "Yeah! Game on!"
 

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Yada yada yada .....private.....no government money......dont have to sell......private property can do with as we please......change 2012 law....not likely.....get illegal guns off street.

My question is this - how do you, as a private citizen, LEGALLY but illegal guns? Just wondering.
 

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"Alderman Van Johnson helped spearhead with a local non-profit to buy back guns from young people across the community.
They bought five guns in six weeks. That's when they realized there's no law preventing a non-government organization from destroying those guns.
"The police should not receive the weapons because we have to re-sell them.â€
Savannah-Chatham Metro Police say the department doesn't want anything to do with these guns, or others collected under the new community gun buyback program, because once these guns are turned over to law enforcement agencies, they must re-sell them to licensed dealers."
 

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“Get the gun, call us we’ll come and get it,†adds Johnson.

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There is a new gun buy back initiative in Savannah headed by Savannah Youth City, it’s a community effort to buy illegal guns.
Already the program has bought back five guns totaling more than $700 provided by groups like funeral homes and Alderman Van Johnson himself.
These guns will go to law enforcement, but they cannot destroy them according to state law.

But eventually, the program could lead to weapons being destroyed if that was handled by a private organization.

For now, Johnson asks the community to step up, provide funds and spaces to receive these weapons from those they may harm.

“We are also asking that all houses of worship in our community offer to serves as safe places refuge for anyone wishing to turn in a gun,†says Johnson.

Because this is all private based, the alderman and Savannah Youth City have launched a GofundMe account that will be used to buy the guns. We have links to it on our Facebook page.
 

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I just now posted this comment at WSAV:

So, a private group, Savannah Youth City, is buying guns they know up front are likely stolen? Isn't there a law or two against that in Georgia? You know, like receiving stolen property?

One may argue that the group plans to turn the guns over to police, but in the meantime, they have illegally given criminals money for their stolen goods, that the criminals get to keep. Money that could be used to buy ammo for their other stolen guns to kill people with.

Will police surveillance be secretly in use? You know, like taking photos of tag numbers and people for possible evidence? If not, why not?

Is the news media capable of asking these questions?
 

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So useless
 

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Isn't this the "gun-show-loophole" they decry? Private citizens buying guns from private citizens? It's OK for them to do it but if I want to buy or sell I need to go through an FFL? Sounds like crap to me.
 

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http://scmpd.org/gun-buyback-program-not-associated-with-scmpd/

I asked them who is running the serial numbers for them. If I get a response I'll post it.

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SAVANNAH, GA (November 23, 2016): The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department supports lawful initiatives that properly remove guns from individuals who are prohibited from possessing a firearm by law. However, there appears to be some confusion regarding a local gun buyback program and the SCMPD's role. The recently announced gun buyback program is a private venture and the SCMPD is not affiliated.

The SCMPD opposes any prohibited individual from possessing a firearm. Under Georgia law, certain prohibitions exist regarding possession of a firearm. A convicted felon, anyone under 18-years-old and anyone having been involuntarily hospitalized as an inpatient at any mental hospital or drug or alcohol treatment center cannot legally possess a firearm.

Every year in Savannah SCMPD officers confiscate hundreds of illegal guns from criminals. Many of these guns are stolen from vehicles and homes. The SCMPD encourages all legal gun owners to properly secure their weapons. Additionally, the SCMPD encourages all legal gun owners to record and safely store their firearm's serial number, make and model.
 

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Yada yada yada .....private.....no government money......dont have to sell......private property can do with as we please......change 2012 law....not likely.....get illegal guns off street.

My question is this - how do you, as a private citizen, LEGALLY but illegal guns? Just wondering.
My question stands from a week ago - how do law abiding citizens buy illegal guns? Which begs the question - are they illegal or merely guns that the Alderman and others don't like?

If they are actually illegal, and these are non-law enforcement citizens buying them, then BATF really needs to actually do their job and investigate.
 

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Perhaps some open records requests to the officials involved could glean some insights?
 
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