The Baltimore City Police Department started its gun buyback program Monday and said they were able to purchase more than 500 firearms from residents. The Police Department offered anywhere from $25 to $500 depending on the type of firearm.
One woman told FOX45 that she was planning to surrender her 9mm handgun to the buyback program, but had a unique idea of what she would do with her newly obtained cash.
“She says she is using the cash to get a bigger weapon!” Kathleen Cairns reported.
There are other ways to game the system as well. For example, the city is offering $25 for every "hi-capacity" magazine turned in. Some digging from Daniel J. Mitchell of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) discovered that such a "hi-capacity" magazine can be purchased online for about $12. The $13 in profit may not seem like much money to some, but it can be the difference between paying for food, rent, a bill, or even a Christmas gift.
Of course, the vast majority of participants of the program are not those with criminal intentions. In fact, interviews revealed that participants wanted to declutter their homes, get rid of old family heirlooms, or simply make a buck.