An odd scene emerged Saturday just after noon at the Santa Fe Police Department headquarters: citizens approaching SFPD Chief Raymond Rael with guns in hand.
Smoking a cigarette, Rael wasn't alarmed.
Instead, he had to explain to people that if they want to sell those guns to the city, they'd have to waive their anonymity. SFPD had already given out all the $12,500 in Visa gift cards to citizens as a part of Santa Fe's first ever gun buyback program, and in order to recompense people, the police would need their contact information.
Some gun owners rejected the offer but said they might be back for the planned Feb. 9 or March 9 buybacks.
Others just sold the guns to a few dealers waiting outside the station to offer higher prices to the owners. One pamphlet circulating read: "THE CITY OF SANTA FE IS OFFERING LESS THAN FAIR MARKET VALUE IN ITS "GUN BUYBACK" PROGRAM."
The pamphlet noted that the city offered $100 for rifles; $150 for handguns; and $200 for assault weapons.
Chief Rael and other police officials were not impressed.
But Rael said, "Nothing we can do to stop them."
The chief is glad the guns aren't on the streets. "There's always some potential that these guns are hanging out in closets," he said. The concern about guns in closets: they could be stolen or used by a child.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports
that the city had bought back 194 guns, including six assault weapons, and that the New Mexico History Museum will decide if any of the guns are worth saving.
SFPD Evidence Manager Rich Bemis told SFR on Saturday that the guns would be destroyed, but the method was uncertain.
"It's not like we have a machine out back," he said.
Here are SFR's photos of the guns.
Police were most concerned about the assault rifles, center, including 2 AKA-47s and one SKS, according to Chief Rael.
Chief Rael said SFPD planned on opening the gun backback to the public around 9:00 am. But a line of cold citizens emerged well before 9:00 and officials opened the doors at about 8:35 am, said Rael.
After noon on Saturday, Chief Rael told SFR that 54 handguns had been turned in. "They're still coming," he said of the people selling their firearms.
A wallet gun was among the more unusual firearms.
At top, a sawed-off shotgun, possession of which violates state and federal laws, depending on the length of the barrel.
SFPD Evidence Manager Rich Bemis.
These are the types of high-capacity magazines City Councilor Patti Bushee wants to ban.
Don't see many bayonets these days.
A Colt .38 Detective Special. Police told SFR these revolvers were favored by the detectives.
Bonnie Parker had a Colt .38 strapped to her thigh when police ambushed and killed Parker and her partner Clyde Barrow. Parker's .38 recently went up for auction.
A modern version of the Derringer pistol. John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln with a Derringer.
A police official demonstrated that you don't need two hands to open the chamber of this pistol, center, which is why they were favored by calvary. Just snap the barrel against your thigh and reload.
Chief Rael with State Rep. Brian Egolf Jr., D-Santa Fe.
Front, some old bolt-action rifles.