Pixels for Pistols

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

CNET reports that Toronto police have launched a digital cameras for firearms program.

A handgun or assault rifle is worth a $400 Nikon Coolpix S52 and a shotgun nets a $250 Nikon Coolpix P60. The deal includes free photography lessons.

… we all know how effective these programs are.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Tony Allen Tony Allen on Oct 28, 2008

    Your tellin me they are goin to gun grab. Who's gun is gettin grabbed? This is free trade. You get goods for goods.
    No one is kickin down the door and grabbin anything. It is a request in a civil manner.

  • Clare Ravenwood Clare Ravenwood on Dec 03, 2008

    Before any certificate for a camera etc is issued, the weapon first needed to be taken by police. People were not to take them to the police station. It was then decided by police how "valuable" the weapon was to the police before a certificate was issued.

    If it was a high power deer rifle I suppose you would get the lower value camera certificate. If you surrended a .177 cal air pistol, an operational .22 calibre bolt action rifle with scope and 25 rounds of .38 S&W pistol ammunition like my husband did, all you would receive was a certificate for 2 photography lessons just like he did.

    Needless to say he wasn't exactly pleased with the arrangement so as for trading in junk guns and making a profit on the sale, I'm afraid that wouldn't have gotten you anything except photography lessons.

    To claim the certificate, he would have to drive all the way across the city, show 2 pieces of photo ID and the certificate would be issued in his name and could only be used by him. Needless to say he isn't going to bother.