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Private Gun Buyers Ambush Police Buyback, Offer Cash Instead Of Gift Cards For Firearms

By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | January 27, 2013 | 2:09pm EST

Seattle, Washington police held a gun buyback program over the weekend for the first time in two decades, but not all the guns brought to the buyback were handed over to the police.

According to the Seattle Times, individuals gathered underneath Interstate 5 in a parking lot to hand over their guns in return for gift cards.

But, while Seattle PD was exchanging $100 and $200 gift cards for unwanted guns, makeshift gun shows sprang up on the sidewalks as gun enthusiasts offered cash to those standing in line.

Frustrated individuals standing for hours lost patience, making their way over to those surrounding the parking lot with "Cash for Guns" signs.

One man reportedly jumped out of his vehicle while sitting in traffic and sold one of his guns to a private buyer for $500.

Officers advised individuals to turn over their guns so that they could be destroyed, instead of selling them to collectors -- though it's perfectly legal for private individuals to buy and sell guns.

Seattle Police Chief, John Diaz was not happy with the wheeling and dealing saying, "I'd prefer they wouldn't sell them."

The gun buyback began at 9:00am and was scheduled to run to 3:00pm.  At 11:00am however, police began turning people away after giving out $80,000 in gift cards.  Once they ran out of cards, they wrote up IOUs.

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