They showed up to sell .22 rifles, .40- and .45-caliber handguns, a Ruger M-77 rifle, a Chinese SKS rifle, some for $400. One 19-year-old showed up trying to sell his customized AR-15, worth about $1,000, knowing gun prices spiked after the Newtown shootings.

James Brown, 41, of Dallas initially went to the church buyback but got tired of waiting in the long line with his 13-year-old son.

When they crossed the street, they were applauded and led to the back of a pickup truck, where Brown’s Rossi Ranch Hand .45 was auctioned for $300 and his .25 handgun for $200.

“I prefer to keep it in the family. If it’s a good gun, and people can use it, why not sell it?” he said.

Brown said he didn’t blame guns for the tragedy at Newtown.

“A gun can be your best friend. You get thugs on the street and you can protect your family,” he said.