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Rocky Mount police offer cash for guns

Posted February 21, 2013

— Dozens of gun-toting residents showed up at the Rocky Mount Police Department on Thursday to put down their weapons and pick up a little cash.

The department hosted a “no questions asked” gun buyback program, an effort to make the city safer by giving residents a proper way to get rid of their unwanted guns.

“They’ve made it real easy,” Nashville resident Claudia Mull said. “Easy access in, and they do all the work.”

Earlier this week, Mull had no idea she would end up at the police station. She called a friend and asked her to come along.

“I said, ‘Do you want to come with me to the police department?’” Mull said. “She said, ‘What have you done now?’”

The city allocated $6,000 for the buyback program. Residents were paid $100 for an assault rifle, $75 for a handgun and $50 for a rifle or shotgun. Police even offered $5 for an air gun, BB gun, replica or nonworking gun.

“This is completely anonymous,” said Cpl. Michael Lewis with Rocky Mount police. “We don’t ask for any information on who the person is, who’s bringing in the weapon or how they got it.”

Mull sold two guns for $150.

“I still think it’s a good thing, especially if it’s an old gun,” she said.

William Oakley dropped off a 1908 Smith and Wesson Lemon Squeezer revolver.

“It’s passed down through several generations,” he said.

The department purchased 80 guns by late Thursday afternoon. Police said anyone who missed the program can contact the department for the next buyback date, or give up their guns to the department at any time without compensation.

“I feel good that somebody’s taking it that knows what to do with it,” Mull said.


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  • superman Feb 22, 2013

    The police will sell the guns and make a profit. Excellent scam by the police. Smart town to be buying guns. They should be smart enough to do something with that big building they built and cant rent or use.

  • federalsales2 Feb 22, 2013

    My weapons are NOT for SALE

  • delta29alpha Feb 22, 2013

    How foolish, 1908 Smith and Wesson Lemon Squeezer revolver selling on GunsAmerica for 595.00. Boy this guy was truly ripped off by the PD.

  • RM24 Feb 22, 2013

    Could have sold that gun for a bit more at a pawn shop,,
    February 21, 2013 6:27 p.m.
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    The drug dealers and felons will pay 3 times as much. And they definitely don't ask questions. So who's guns are they collecting here???

  • RM24 Feb 22, 2013

    William Oakley dropped off a 1908 Smith and Wesson Lemon Squeezer revolver.

    So are they making notes and taking names on who is dropping off the guns or not??? Guess that is for the felons that turn in the illegal guns right? Absolutely laughable!

  • irishgirlsarepretty Feb 22, 2013

    Lambs to the slaughter. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  • Lightfoot3 Feb 22, 2013

    Holy moly, the cops are robbing these people!

  • jrfergerson Feb 21, 2013

    a 1908 Smith and Wesson Lemon Squeezer revolver - WOULD THIS GUN BE WORTH MORE AS AN ANTIQUE - I WOULD THINK SO.

  • scvmcdoc Feb 21, 2013

    Are they going to be having a sale anytime soon???

  • 426X3 Feb 21, 2013

    Yeah. And I'll bet all the criminal element in Rocky Mount were lined up waiting to sell thier guns?