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Updated Feb 28, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Valley firearms dealer: Gun buybacks usually backfire

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Gun buy backs historically don't work, said Dale Roddy with Desert Valley Firearms in Chandler.

Gun prices have jumped based on fears of tighter gun control following the Connecticut school shooting in December. Roddy said the responsible gun owners will sell firearms to a gun store instead of practically giving them away.

"They're not going to turn firearms in for a couple of movie tickets or whatever they're offering."

During his second State of the City speech Thursday, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton vowed to stage what he called the largest gun buyback in Arizona history and double the number of police officers in schools citywide.

Stanton said ``violence has no place in our city.''

He said the buyback program allows residents to drop off unwanted weapons with no questions asked, every Saturday during the month of May.

The effort is being funded with $100,000 from the non-profit Arizonans for Gun Safety, which received the money from an anonymous donor.

However, Roddy said buybacks don't do much more than creating a spur-of-the-moment gun show.

"People show up to buy the guns and it's perfectly legal for a private individual to buy and sell guns," he said. "There was a gun show in Seattle last month where collectors showed up with a bunch of money and bought up the guns. The cops didn't end up with any of the guns in their hands."

KTAR's Sandra Haros and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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