Topic: gun buyback
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May 9, 2013 at 1:36 PM
by Gene Johnson
The Associated Press
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn made a deliberate omission this week when he announced a plan to turn guns from a buyback program into plaques carrying messages of peace.
The vast majority of the more than 700 weapons turned in this year had already been melted down into rebar.
McGinn spokesman Aaron Pickus says the mayor’s office learned before a news conference to announce the plan Tuesday that the guns already collected couldn’t be used. Nevertheless, the mayor left the impression that they would be, and a news release from his office explicitly stated that.
Asked why the mayor wasn’t more forthcoming, Pickus said the city was planning to do more gun buybacks in the future, and would use those guns for the peace plaques instead.
The mayor’s omission was first reported by KIRO-FM.
May 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Mayor Mike McGinn announced a plan today to turn the weapons collected at a recent gun buyback into plaques that will be inscribed with Seattle children’s words about gun violence. The plaques will be placed in city parks. No taxpayer money will be used for the program.
“These upcycled plaques, inscribed with the hopes and dreams of the next generation, will transform weapons of violence into something positive,” McGinn said at a news conference at Chihuly Garden and Glass.
Chihuly Studio will donate the engraving and Schnitzer Steel will donate the work of turning the approximately 700 guns into plaques.
Students from first through 12th grades living in Seattle can submit a quote of no more than 50 words on the subject of gun violence to seattle.gov/mayor. Contest rules are also available at the website. The city Office of Arts and Culture will convene a panel to select entries to be engraved.
January 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn this morning said he’s already planning for another gun buyback, after an event Saturday brought in 716 firearms and resulted in two-hour lines and a traffic jam.
“We would love to do this again,” he said at a morning news conference, and is already working to firm up a date and location sometime in the next few weeks.
McGinn also called on the state and federal governments to prevent the unregulated private sale of guns, which happened on sidewalks around Saturday’s event.
He said it wasn’t clear the city had the authority to shut down the private sale of guns.
“We had a gun bazaar break out on the streets of Seattle at a gun buyback event,” McGinn said.
Still, Deputy Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz said most people who came to sell their guns did so to the police.
“A large majority chose to stand in line, to get less money than they might have in order to make sure that weapon would not be used in a crime.”
Metz said the police researched gun buybacks in other cities, including a recent one in Los Angeles, and found that they collected an average of 100 guns per hour. Seattle police took in more than 700 in about three hours, he said, swamping the staff on hand.
“This was an overwhelming response,” Metz said.
Among the weapons sold to the city in exchange for gift cards of from $50 to $200 were four guns confirmed by police as stolen, dozens considered assault-style weapons and a military-grade missile launcher that is not legal in civilian hands, Metz said.
King County Executive Dow Constantine said that dozens of homes in the region are safer because unwanted guns are no longer lying around. Any one of those, he said, might otherwise have been “used in an argument between brothers, a dispute between neighbors, or taken by an angry teenager and brought to a school. ”
He said that just because the city and county don’t have the legal authority to regulate gun possession or sales, “That should not stop us from doing those things we have in our control.”
January 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM
A lot of guns showed up at the city of Seattle’s gun buyback event today, but it’s not likely anyone was prepared for a surface-to-air missile tube that someone turned in.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn apparently was mistaken when he tweeted at midday today that the missile tube was a grenade launcher, as an earlier version of this story said. Here’s the tweet: @SeattlePD take possession of RPG launcher at today’s gun buyback.
Details on who brought the contraption to the show weren’t immediately available and as you can see by the photo, it’s not necessarily in mint condition.
The buyback effort took in a lot of guns, but the sponsors ran out of the gift certificates they were handing out in exchange for the guns turned in and there was a steady business on the street by people buying guns from those standing in line, even before they had a chance to exchange their guns for a gift certificate.
January 26, 2013 at 9:07 AM
Seattle’s gun buyback event: The buyback is today starting at 9 a.m. and lasting until 3 p.m. in a downtown Seattle parking lot. If you turn in a gun — including hand guns, shotguns and rifles — you’re eligible for a gift certificate up to $100. You can get a certificate up to $200, too. For an assault rifle, of course.
Wet, wet, wet: Hope you like rain. It’s forecast at least through Wednesday, although temperatures will be in the mid-40s. This is likely to put a damper on the gun buyback program, no?
Those old boats: The sinking and listing of two boats in Tacoma yesterday reminds us that there are a lot of derelict vessels in the state. How about some 230 on them. It costs the state a lot of money to deal with them and perhaps that’s why the process is so slow and cumbersome.
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January 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM
What can Seattle and Washington state do to reduce gun violence?
On Wednesday at noon, Seattle Times readers are invited to participate in an online chat about those topics and others with state Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, and Phil Watson, special projects director for the Second Amendment Foundation.
Kline, who has been in the Senate since 1997, is a fierce advocate of stricter gun laws. Watson, a conservative activist, is an equally fierce defender of gun rights.
Here is more information about the participants:
Adam Kline, a Democrat and longtime lawyer, has represented South Seattle and South King County in the state Senate since 1997. During that time, he has sponsored several gun policy bills, including efforts to ban assault weapons and require federal background-checks at gun shows. For the past eight years, he has chaired the Judiciary Committee, which works on gun policy. When the new Legislature convenes next week, he will serve as the ranking minority member of that committee.
Phil Watson is a local conservative political activist currently involved in several organizations that advocate for gun rights. He is the director of special projects for the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, the executive director of the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arm Rights and the online editor of TheGunMag.com.
Moderator Brian M. Rosenthal is a Seattle Times staff reporter.
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