Guns 4 Ukraine repurchase program in Miami

Miami announce an event for tomorrow:

The city of Miami has set up a voluntary arms purchase program to help provide security and defense equipment to Ukraine.

Your donations will be used to support efforts to support Ukraine. Get a $ 50 gift card for old, unused or found weapons without asking questions. Do your part to make our streets safer. Visa gift cards will be exchanged for weapons in the following amounts:

  • Pistol for $ 50
  • $ 150 Rifle / Rifle
  • $ 250 Powerful assault rifle

But like AmmoLand (Lee Williams) reports, it’s complicated; he asked the Miami Police Department if he had a firearms export license, which is obviously needed for this type of project, and he said no with the following explanation:

However, at the Commission meeting on June 9, 2021, the city of Miami adopted Resolution R-22-0219, ordering the city manager to “take all necessary steps to work with the federal authorities to supply any functional weapons obtained through the program for repurchase of weapons from the city of Ukraine for use in the conflict against the Russian invasion. ” The Directive on Taking Any Action to Work with the Federal Authorities may include, but is not limited to, the purchase of an export license in accordance with the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), including compliance with international traffic regulations. for weapons (ITAR); any guidance from the Department of State’s Department of Commerce’s Defense Control on AECA’s export controls and licensing of items on the US Ammunition List; all relevant parts of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR); and / or compliance with the Bureau of Industry and Security of the Ministry of Trade of the Export Control for items listed in the Trade Control List (including firearms) under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and Part 774 of the Export Administration Rules; and / or compliance with the National Firearms Act, including any application for a permit for permanent export of firearms; all necessary ATF permits before export; or compliance with any one-time license exemption that the City may be entitled to receive, as provided in the ITAR regulations. The actual way to legally take something out of the city is speculative at the moment, because the city cannot predict the quantity or types of firearms that will be donated at a redemption event.

Now, perhaps the plan was simply to get people to surrender their weapons, whether or not the weapons would actually reach Ukraine (especially in some timely manner). But like CNN (Peter Nikias) notes that “experts say there is no evidence that programs reduce violence”; for example, a 2021 document from the National Bureau of Economic Research, “Have US arms repurchase programs gone wrong?“by Toshio Ferazares, Joseph J. Sabia and D. Mark Anderson, concluded:

We conclude that the British pound is an ineffective policy strategy to reduce firearms violence, a finding consistent with descriptive evidence that (i) firearms sales prices are set too low by cities to significantly reduce local firearms supply. (Reuter and Mouzos 2004), (ii) most GBP participants are derived from low-risk populations (Planty and Truman 2013; Violano et al. 2014; Romero et al. 1998); and (iii) firearms sold in GBP are usually older and less functional than medium firearms (Kuhn et al. 2002; Levitt 2004).

(See also this article from Foundation for Economic Education.) And I especially note point (iii); I’m not sure that the Ukrainians will be so useful, eventually acquiring a bunch of weapons that the Americans are willing to sell for $ 50-250, even if the shipment is limited to those that the Miami Police decided were “functional.” “.

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