Gun-sellers have options at rival Dallas events



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Posted on January 19, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 19 at 8:48 PM

DALLAS — It was a seemingly open market Saturday on Young Street in downtown Dallas.

On one side of the street The Stewpot held a gun buy-back in response to the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

“If we purchase one firearm, that would make this a successful day," said First Presbyterian Church pastor Rev. Bruce Buchanan. "It's a life saved, and a tragedy averted."

Buchanan said this is the seventh gun buy-back program they’ve held since 2000. The guns purchased at the event are all destroyed.

Walter Townsend brought three early model pistols with him. “Those pistols have been in my garage for like 30 years,” he said.

There was little haggling at The Stewpot, where owners were given $50 for a handgun and up to $200 for a semi-automatic assault weapon.

Townsend believes in gun control, but not the way the government does it.

“What are they going to do? Re-sell they and put them back out on the streets?" he asked. "So... dispose of them."

On the other side of Young Street, there was an open-air auction for guns that sellers brought in. James Brown brought in a saddle rifle and left with more than $300 in his pocket.

“If it's a good gun and people can use it, why not bring it to someone that will?” he asked.

A representative with the Right Group, Collin Baker, says let the open market decide on the value of the weapons.

“We're putting them into homes that they want and want to keep them and people who responsibly use them,” Baker said.

WFAA observed that weapons fetched more on this side of the street. A representative with The Stewpot said their buy-back program accepted more than 100 guns on Saturday.

In Fort Worth, firefighters collected unwanted ammunition and fireworks on Saturday — no questions asked.

Old bullets and firecrackers are potential explosives. Bomb and arson experts were on hand to keep things safe.

Another collection is planned in July. City officials figure they are more likely to have ammo and fireworks turned in right after the New Year and Independence Day.