Winston-Salem Journal proclaims Saturday’s gun buyback at Dixie Fairgrounds a success:

Anyone doubting the appeal of a cash-for-firearms buyback program only had to look at the long double line of vehicles snaking through a back road Saturday at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.

Individuals wanting to sell a handgun and/or rifle began arriving about 90 minutes before the 9 a.m. start of the city of Winston-Salem’s first buyback initiative in several years.

The program was so successful in attracting participants that officials had to call a timeout just 30 minutes into the four-hour event to determine how much of the $15,000 they had provided, and what to do once the money ran out.

The Journal adds “(t)here was a common participatory theme among many of the sellers…. they wanted to safely dispose of a weapon, whether owned by a deceased family member or there are just too many kids around the home these days.”

No mention of how many criminals showed up to to sell guns. Their loss —they could have made some extra money and still packed the heat.