The city of Portland and the Ceasefire Oregon Foundation are beginning to publicize this year's annual gun turn-in event, August 18, from 10am-2pm in the north Benton parking lot at Memorial Coliseum.
Last year's annual event had lackluster results
. As the Portland Tribune reported
at the time, private gun buyers crashed the event
, holding signs that advertised $50-$200 cash
This year, organizers have upped the ante:
Instead of giving away a $50 Fred Meyer gift certificate
for each working firearm, like last year, Ceasefire is giving away a $75
gift certificate (limit three
per person, "while supplies last
The $5 Burgerville gift certificate
trade for or broken guns and air pistols, however, is the same deal.
Similar programs around the country are facing opposition from the gun lobby. In Chicago this year, for instance, a "Guns Safe Life" campaign traded more than 60 guns for $6,240 in gift cards, which organizers used to buy ammo for an NRA-funded kids' gun camp, the Chicago Sun-Times reported
Last year, former WW
reporter James Pitkin showed how easy it is to procure a used gun of unknown provenance by overpaying for a 9mm
in the parking lot of the "Unsafeway" on MLK