Detroit police harassed legal gun owners at yesterday’s so-called “gun buyback” while ignoring other obvious felonies at the “No questions asked” event.
The event, held at the Second Ebenezer Church, offered $25 for non-working firearms, $50 for functional firearms, and $100 for “assault weapons.” Continental management donated the money and the Detroit Police Department ran the event.
The Detroit Police Department advertised that guns could be turned in with “No questions asked.” As I wrote in yesterday’s article, Sell your stolen gun to the Detroit Police Department, this created an opportunity for criminals to dispose of guns used in crime without fear of the guns being used as evidence against them. At least one person was seen brining an illegal sawed-off shotgun into the event.
Doug Holloway, a local RKBA activist, organized a small group of gun owners who showed up at the event to offer to pay higher prices for legal guns than what the organizers of the “gun buyback” were willing to pay.
One person took Holloway up on his offer and sold him a Hi Point carbine, with soft case, for $160. “The seller said he was a police officer,” Holloway said. “He said he’d bought it at a gun show three years ago and decided he didn’t need it.”
No sooner had Holloway completed the private sale, which is legal under Michigan law, than several Detroit Police officers swooped in and started questioning Holloway’s group.
“The officer’s lack of professionalism was disturbing,” Holloway said. “Here they are harassing me, and meanwhile people with sawed-off shotguns walking in through the door are given complete amnesty.”
The exchange between Holloway and a Detroit Police Sergeant was recorded on video by several of the people present. In one video the Sergeant tells them that buying guns on private property is illegal, refuses to clarify if they are being detained or are free to leave, and several times tells people to “shut up” or “shut your trap.” After approximately 13 minutes the Sergeant finishes collecting their information and orders them to leave the property. (Watch one of the videos at the sidebar on the left).
Meanwhile, another local RKBA activist, Rick Ector, owner of Rick’s Firearm Academy of Detroit, was handing out literature explaining that so-called “gun buy-back programs” have no measurable effect on crime rates.
“It’s not going to change anything, and no criminals are turning in their firearms,” Ector said in a Fox 2 News interview. “Bad guys are still armed, and it’s going to make everyone else less safe because they’re not going to have any.”
The Detroit News reported that more than 300 guns were surrendered to the police at the event. The Detroit Police Department has said the guns will be destroyed.
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