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They had it all planned out. Together Colorado, an organization which bills itself as a non-partisan, “multi-faith” group had an August 4th gun buyback event planned where people could turn in their weapons in exchange for store gift cards and tickets for sporting events. They had raised $8,000 to buy these incentives. Then they were going to turn all the turned-in firearms over to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department who would in turn destroy the guns, making Colorado streets a little bit safer.

Then, the destroyed guns were going to go to a local artist named Jessica Adams who had planned to make a piece of “art” out of the metal gun fragments with the express purpose of “raising awareness” of gun violence. [Gag me.]

But all their dreams and aspirations were for naught. Thanks to Colorado’s new gun control laws, such a gun buyback scenario would be completely unfeasible, as Boulder County’s Sheriff Joe Pelle admitted. They had to cancel the event:

“‘The bottom line is what we anticipated doing would still be legal — but procedurally we can’t follow through with it at this time,’ Pelle said Tuesday. A stricter law that went into effect July 1 requires buyers to go to a licensed firearms dealer and undergo a background check. The InstaCheck systems used in the checks are not mobile, which means they couldn’t be used at the sheriff’s compound where the buyback was planned. ‘It’s not a portable system,’ Pelle said. ‘It can’t be done at the site.’ Essentially, for the event to work, Pelle said the group would have to find a licensed firearms dealer to host the event and then pay the dealer per transaction, ‘which becomes very unproductive,’ he said.”