There is no regulation of gun buybacks in Ohio. There are no laws that determine what happens to the guns after they are collected, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Typically, the guns are destroyed in buybacks conducted by cities and police departments. Deer Park City Councilperson Charles Tassell, who is pro-gun and holds a concealed-carry permit, didn’t think that was the best way to run “Street Rescue,” his gun buyback program. Instead, he turns in the collected guns to federally licensed firearms dealers to be re-sold. Most of the 41 guns he collected off of the streets were handguns and pistols. He’s taken many of those to shops around Cincinnati, including TargetWorld and Point Blank Range & Gun Shop.
When the guns come in, Tassell runs the serial numbers through the Deer Park Police Department. If anything is stolen, it goes back to the proper owner. If the serial number is rubbed off, then it is destroyed, per the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “We made sure none of them were stolen, sought by law enforcement or wanted in connection with any crimes,” said Deer Park Police Chief Michael Schlie, who confirmed none of the guns from Street Rescue’s buybacks were stolen. “Allowing the guns to go back into the secondary markets is a much better solution than simply destroying the firearms,” said Joe Eaton, treasurer of the Buckeye Firearms Association. “It protects the historical and collectible guns and makes families safer by making less expensive firearms available to them.” Tassell calls it an entrepreneurial approach to fixing a social issue.