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Pfleger Gun Turn-In Raises Legality and Safety Questions

Pfleger Gun Turn-In Raises Legality and Safety Questions
So Snuffy Pfleger would rather George Zimmerman had his head repeatedlly smashed into the sidewalk until… what, exactly? [Michael Pfleger / Facebook photo]
“Great Gun Turn-in today….248 Handguns,,,,86 Rifles/shotguns……and 59 bbs and replicas….. a total of 393……,” Catholic priest Mike “Snuffy” Pfleger announced on his Facebook page, appropriately on April 1. “For those that say this don’t help…tell that to the Grandfather who turned in his grandsons gun or to the several Young Brothers who said they want to make a turn in their life and then talked our Employment folks to try and get a job…….Good Day…….”

I’ve been calling him “Snuffy” on The War on Guns blog ever since he was recorded urging a mob to “snuff out” a gun store owner after they “pull [him] out … like a rat”:

His involvement of St. Sabina Catholic Church in advocating for anti-gun legislation (and even involving himself in partisan politics) have earned him rebukes from the Church and even a suspension, but they’ve been afraid to replace him, fearing too many parishioners who place a collectivist “social justice” agenda over religion would follow him out the door. And so far, he’s managed to skate by without official scrutiny of his church’s tax exempt status.

Not that Snuffy’s “guns for gift cards” media stunt made a bit of difference over the weekend he held it:

Six people were killed and at least 17 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning.

And not like those who actually know about the efficacy of such things haven’t officially proclaimed their uselessness. From the National Institute of Justice’s “Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies“:

 Gun buybacks are ineffective as generally implemented. 1. The buybacks are too small to have an impact. 2. The guns turned in are at low risk of ever being used in a crime. 3. Replacement guns are easily acquired. Unless these three points are overcome, a gun buyback cannot be effective.

What such collection points can be used for are as places to “fence” stolen junk, and even to dispose of “crime guns,” especially with the guarantee of “No questions asked.” And that can mean legitimate owners may not get their property back, or in the case of a gun being evidence, even if it does somehow get recovered for investigation, the chain of custody has been broken with all the complications for admissible forensics that creates.

On top of that, such events encourage people who may not know the first thing about safe and lawful gun handling and transporting to do both. You have to wonder how many are conversant in Jeff Cooper’s rules, and if many even know how to check for a round in the chamber.

Another question is raised in a glowing piece of free publicity courtesy of CBS Chicago and WBBM Newsradio:

St. Sabina takes guns anytime, and receive drop offs several times a month.

Really? Do the authorities maintain a full-time presence there to lawfully receive them, or does Snuffy have an FFL?

With that”anytime” policy, I’m waiting for some gangbanger to get busted for illegal firearm possession, and make the claim that he was taking it to St. Sabina’s and didn’t understand there were any rules besides “No questions asked.”

You know, “to make a turn in [his] life and then talk [to their] Employment folks to try and get a job.”

Pfleger Gun Turn-In Raises Legality and Safety Questions
Unfortunately, stopping the violence requires stopping destructive choices, not infringing on the rights of those not making such choices. [Michael Pfleger / Facebook photo]


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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. As soon as the buy back bunch start paying $200 for a handgun….. I’ll put a hoodie and dark glasses….. then get in line to ‘give’ them my $65 Jennings .22…. then use the profit to put towards a better pistol. ?

  2. How many of the turned in guns were stolen or defaced? Seems like the turn in did nothing to stop the murder and other crimes in the Windy City.

  3. He is a disgrace to him religion, He should be removed from the church and treated as a traitor to the country and the church

  4. Odd how gun deaths did not make the top 20.

    Leading Causes of Death Number of deaths for leading causes of death

    Heart disease: 614,348 • Cancer: 591,699 • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 147,101 • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 136,053 • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 133,103 • Alzheimer’s disease: 93,541 • Diabetes: 76,488 • Influenza and pneumonia: 55,227 • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 48,146 • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 42,773

  5. December 28, 2016 Gun-controlled Chicago fast-approaching 800 homicides for 2016

    At first, the 2016 murder figures for gun-controlled Chicago drew attention by hitting 500, which was 32 higher than the total number of murders in 2015. Then the number of murders rose to 700, followed by a Chicago Tribune report that the number of murders between January 1, 2016, and December 6, 2016, hit 731.

  6. I respectfully submit that ‘Snuffy’ is a Marxist imposter.
    ‘Snuffy’ is following the 1963 congressional record; Goals for the Communist in America:
    27) Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch”

    Pity the Elders at St. Sabina can’t see him for what he is.
    “but they’ve been afraid to replace him, fearing too many parishioners who place a collectivist “social justice” agenda over religion would follow him out the door.”
    Let them go… they’re poison.

    1. Have the feds remove his religious tax exemption. Then he can politick all he wants. At least up until the ATF comes knocking at his door to ask to see his dealer’s license. In the meantime, all his SJW parishoners shouldn’t mind anteing up twice as much money to keep him in operation AND pay his income taxes and his accountant fees.

  7. I don’t know who this clown’s bishop is, but walking around in vestments is a disgrace. Purely using his position as a front, and he gets away with it. Does he speak for his bishop and leaders of the RC Church? Walking around in sacred vestment, drags it all into the filth this bigoted pimp promotes.

    1. Gilchrist….great statement….who is this opinionated fool walking around in sacred vestment holding a sign that says “I am Trayvon Martin”……should this goofball really want to do some good for the community, the nation and the church, he would start promoting a program that would allow priests to take a “mate” of any gender to help stop the ongoing and continual molesting of children…..that would be a program worth talking about ! Presently he is no more than a Progressive Socialist political hack with an axe to grind !

  8. “I am Travon” huh? He appears to be the sort to attack anyone who seemed suspicious of him and his activities. Maybe he is Travon for real.

  9. I am going to sponsor a vehicle buyback program. (I will be sure to use your tax paid monies) That should stop or slow down vehicle deaths on the nations highways. Right?

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