RACINE - The Racine Interfaith Coalition is seeking donations to fund a gun buy-back event Saturday, according to a Wednesday press release. 

The group's goal of purchasing 200 guns will require raising $20,000, according to the release. 

Donation checks or money orders may be mailed payable to the Racine Interfaith Coalition, 2302 DeKoven Ave. Racine, WI 53403 or online at www.ridthepiece.org All donations will be used to purchase and destroy firearms.

The Rid the Piece to Keep the Peace Gun Buyback Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by the coalition with assistance from Community for Change and the Racine Police Department. The event will be at the Racine Urban League Office, 718 N. Memorial Drive.

Guns should be lawfully transported in a lockbox or the truck of an automobile. A Racine police officer will take custody of the firearm and volunteers will purchase the firearm for approximately $50 to $100 cash, no questions asked, according to the release.

For more information about selling a firearm or how to donate, call the Racine Interfaith Coalition at (262) 635-9532. Further information can be found at www.ridthepiece.org.

(15) comments

Kay Nine

I will NOT donate money to the buyback program, but I WILL offer to buy some of those guns. Those evil, terrible guns that commit many crimes all by themselves. Bring them over... I'll take a look. I can keep them under control so they don't do anything wrong again.

If a business has a "no guns" sign, it is your option to go in anyways. Being "concealed carry", you gun should not be visible. And I would suspect one would not display their firearm unless a situation arises where the weapon would be needed. Be responsible and keep it concealed. If the business owners are so ignorant as to think a sign will protect them, they are sadly mistaken. They are actually setting themselves up for legal action later if something happens on property and they prevented citizens from defending themselves.

RedHot
RedHot

"If a business has a "no guns" sign, it is your option to go in anyways"
Only if you want to break the law, and want to give your money to a business / person who does not respect your rights.
I prefer to be as law-abiding as possible, and to give my money to people who respect me.

When I first see a sign, I will disarm, go in & tell the manager why they just lost my business, and leave. If I don't have the time for that hassle, I'll call & ask for the name of the store manager & write a letter. Sending copies of receipts for the shopping you did elsewhere is also effective.

Now, it's not a _crime_ to deliberately go past one of those "keep out, evil gun owner" signs (so the state via the police is not allowed - legally - to steal your gun), but it is a fine of up to $1000.

And I'm betting that many PD's don't understand the difference between a crime & a forfeiture (I know Milwaukee PD doesn't), so they'll arrest you, do the whole perp processing bit, steal your gun, & you'll have to go to court to get it back, even though you didn't commit a crime & they're not legally allowed to do that to you.

Some judges don't even know the difference.
I know of a couple in Milwaukee County who say "you were arrested, therefore you committed a crime, so I'm not giving your property back"... despite the fact that the person was not convicted of anything. (Yes, there are lawsuits in process, and ethics violation complaints against those judges.)

Zigmond
Zigmond

There are only three businesses in Racine that are loosing my B2B business because of a Anti-2nd Amendment sign in the window unless they have something special that I can't buy else ware. Machinery and Factory, Office Depot and Harbor Freight. I wish Chuck would take the CUSTOM MADE sign down.

This portion of the article should be looked at very closely by sign posting Anti-2nd Amendment rights businesses "Guns should be lawfully transported in a lockbox or the truck of an automobile. " pertains to us CCW holders that want to walk into your store. To stay law abiding citizens, Chuck and others make us go thru these distinct steps to DIS-ARM, UNLOAD THE PISTOL, PUT THE PISTOL INTO ONE LOCKED BOX - PUT THE AMMUNITION INTO A SEPERATE LOCKED BOX, place this into the trunk. DO THE REVERSE to reclaim your 2nd Amendment rights.

Any business that posts such a sign is TAKING ALL RESPONSIBILTY FOR LIABILTY IF I GET HARMED IN THEIR BUSINESS! You open yourself up to lawsuits. Making people dis-arm means that you will take care of our security, it is written into the law. better have an good armed guard in case of a disgruntled employee or someone hunting/stalking an employee.

Zigmond
Zigmond

I must elaborate for non-gunners. Whenever you load/unload your weapon, you should do this wearing gloves. The acid in your sweat will cause corrosion to the shells. Within a year, your shells could corrode to the point of causing the weapon TO EXPLODE IN YOUR HANDS. A shell that is underpowered will not have enough power to eject the shell and that gas will fill the handgrip, blowing it up! I had it happen to me with my Berretta 92FS. They told me that the fact that my 24rd extended clip was almost empty probably saved my hand by giving the gasses a buffer.

Always do a 1 year check on all your guns. When you see corrosion, replace with BULLETS - WITH GLOVES ON! Stay safe gunners, not so much for the bad guys.

Joeboy5471

The corrosion of shell casings being handled is far less than normal atmospheric corrosion. Guns and or magazines should never be stored loaded unless used for personal defense and if your weapon is a pistol, your magazines should be unloaded and switched out on a frequent basis. Annually doesn't hack it at all. Magazine springs will lose their resilience and not function properly if left too long in a compressed state. Exploding cartridges are usually a result of poorly reloaded cartridges a factory quality issue.

Zigmond
Zigmond

Joeboy5471,,, Are you saying that if I go to a business that makes me unload a 15 round clip, then reload it again, will make no difference to the corrosion caused by skin oils? Think it through.

Business owners need to think through the process they force customers to go thru in order to buy your goods (hope you do something special compared to your competition) . You want them to unload every bullet from their gun OR magazines ( a loaded magazine is considered a gun, it must be unloaded) , separate ammunition in one locked box, the unloaded pistol in the a different locked box.

Then reload again. The more I type on this subject, the more I will stay away from the hassle of M+F, and others. My well beaten paths will be on friendly ground.

Joeboy5471

I choose to take my business elsewhere and away from businesses who post their property indifference to the 2nd Amendment.

RedHot
RedHot

Zigmond, several of your assertions are way off base. False, even. But since it's become clear that you're an anti-gun know-nothing, that's not surprising. You're just cobbling together some terms you've heard, with no real understanding of what you're saying.

"Guns should be lawfully transported in a lockbox or the truck of an automobile pertains to us CCW holders that want to walk into your store. To stay law abiding citizens, Chuck and others make us go thru these distinct steps to DIS-ARM, UNLOAD THE PISTOL, PUT THE PISTOL INTO ONE LOCKED BOX - PUT THE AMMUNITION INTO A SEPERATE LOCKED BOX, place this into the trunk.”

That is completely false.
All that is required is that the firearm not enter the store.
WI statute 167.31 says it is perfectly legal to have a loaded & unencased pistol in or on a vehicle, so IF a citizen chose to give money to an anti-rights business, s/he would be able to leave it loaded in the car (on the dash, on the seat, in the glovebox, in a safe) or hand it to a friend who waits at the door (outside).

That “separate locked boxes” BS is taught by hunter's safety, because hunters aren't thinking about firearm safety as constantly as citizens who carry for self-defense, and so the hunters need reinforcement & extra-safe measures to be sure they don't do stupid things & get hurt.

Even the federal transport law doesn't require separate locked boxes.

“Making people dis-arm means that you will take care of our security, it is written into the law”
Wrong, again.
The law says that businesses which welcome all law-abiding customers are immune from liability for their decision to allow lawfully-armed people. (See 175.60(21)(b) & (c).)
By posting signs (or telling people they're not welcome, as US Bank did), that business loses its immunity. Most insurance companies don't like that, so advise companies to welcome everyone.

“Whenever you load/unload your weapon, you should do this wearing gloves. The acid in your sweat will cause corrosion to the shells. Within a year, your shells could corrode to the point of causing the weapon TO EXPLODE IN YOUR HANDS. A shell that is underpowered will not have enough power to eject the shell and that gas will fill the handgrip, blowing it up!”
Yet again, your ignorance is showing.
It's not a weapon, it's a self-defense tool (or pistol).
They aren't shells, they're cartridges.
They aren't bullets, they're cartridges.
It's not a clip, it's a magazine.
And your silly assertion about cartridge brass corroding & exploding is BS. If the squib doesn't have enough power to move the slide, it's not going to have enough power to blow up the gun. And the gas doesn't go into the grip anyway.

If you really had a pistol, & tried to carry for self-defense, you'd be funny to watch in a parking lot.

“If I go to a business that makes me unload a 15 round clip, then reload it again”
Why would you do that?
First, you can leave the loaded pistol in your vehicle (if you choose to risk theft).
Second, even if you unload the pistol, that involves dropping the magazine (not a clip) & emptying the chamber.

“a loaded magazine is considered a gun”
Not in Wisconsin.
You may be confused by the old transport law, which said that in order to be unloaded there may not be a round in the chamber or a loaded magazine in the pistol.
But since loaded unencased pistols are legal in or on a vehicle now (since 01NOV11) the old definition of 'loaded' doesn't matter.

Zigmond
Zigmond

The Racine NAACP sent my business a letter asking for $$$. I am still in the process of designing my entrance door gun policy design. Suggestions would be great.

The theme is that "This organization enthusiastically backs 2nd Amendment rights by law abiding citizens" legal concealed weapons are encouraged. Let us see what you got.

The best design that I have seen is a mostly transparent restroom man symbol with a fully black gun at 45 degrees at waist level. I avoid businesses that make me disarm, disrespecting my 2nd Amendment rights.

Blindman
Blindman

How about...This establishment isn't hypocritical of the 2nd amm. , unlike City Hall.

Zigmond
Zigmond

It would work, except that I am in located in Mt Pleasant. Keep thinking.

RedHot
RedHot

"Attention criminals:
this business supports the Second Amendment and encourages vigorous self-defense by staff & guests."
And:
"Attention guests:
please leave your pistol in its holster unless needed for self-defense. In that case, judicious marksmanship is appreciated."
With a black pistol in a green circle.

Django
Django

I know, let's pay criminals to not commit crimes. Take all the money we spend on incarceration of criminals and give them the money instead. We can bribe our way to law and order.

You keep sticking your heads in the sand instead of addressing the real issues in our crime-ridden neighborhoods: no fathers, no education, and no morals. 13% of the people commit over 50% of the crimes. Until people are made to take responsibility for themselves, bribing them to obey the law won't work. Just more wasted money in a city that wastes money like a drunken sailor. You'd do more to prevent crime if you fought for retaining our streetlights.

Lying John is not affected one way or another by the criminals in our neighborhoods. He doesn't care how many of us die due to crime. Indeed, he says crime doesn't exist in Racine. That attitude is a thousand times more dangerous than a gun in the hands of a crook. In fact, our aldermen passed a law allowing them to keep firearms in City Hall but denying that right to citizens. The biggest thieves are in City Hall, where a racist mayor laughs at your attempts to control crime. Get rid of lying John, get a mayor who cares about all of the people. Until then, duck and cover.

Joeboy5471

These buy backs are mostly symbolic. Usually worthless and non-functional firearms are exchanged. Every once-in-awhile a collector's piece surfaces which is usually jumped on by the police overseeing the buy back.

RedHot
RedHot

That's pretty much what happened here. Nearly all the 'guns' turned in were BB or pellet or rusted or in some other way nonfunctional. Certainly not any real, useful firearms (other than the short-barreled shotgun a guy supposedly found in his yard... but why not call police to fingerprint it?).

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