(Image Source: Los Angeles Times


BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

Los Angeles police collected more than 2,000 weapons in their gun buyback program this week. But it was two of those weapons that provided an explosive surprise. Here’s KUSI and KESQ.

“This is a frickin rocket launcher and the police got two of them.”

“A rocket launcher. Not just one but two handed over to police in this week’s gun buy-back day. Shocking? Not to police, who have seen it before.”

According to NBC News, “Last May when the [gun buyback] was timed for Mother’s day, [another] one of these [rocket launchers] surfaced in Los Angeles.”

Not to worry: the three rocket launchers all lacked the parts needed to actually function. A writer for the Los Angeles Times explains how they ended up in civilian hands.

“The people turning [the rocket launchers] in at the buyback told officers they had family members who were at one time in the military and ‘they no longer wanted the launchers in their homes.’”

While Los Angeles police say they are pleased at the number of weapons they got off the streets...

Some, like a writer for the International Science Times, say “The majority of guns turned in during buyback programs either don’t work or are owned by people who are unlikely to commit a crime.” And one LA-area sheriff says....

“We look like we’re in a third world nation when you seize all these weapons from individuals. And the question you have to ask is: why?” (Via HLN)

Police say they are planning to check with the military to find out how the launchers initial owners got them into their homes.

Rocket Launchers Returned at LA Gun Buyback

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Dec 29, 2012

Rocket Launchers Returned at LA Gun Buyback

(Image Source: Los Angeles Times


BY SCOTT MALONE

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

Los Angeles police collected more than 2,000 weapons in their gun buyback program this week. But it was two of those weapons that provided an explosive surprise. Here’s KUSI and KESQ.

“This is a frickin rocket launcher and the police got two of them.”

“A rocket launcher. Not just one but two handed over to police in this week’s gun buy-back day. Shocking? Not to police, who have seen it before.”

According to NBC News, “Last May when the [gun buyback] was timed for Mother’s day, [another] one of these [rocket launchers] surfaced in Los Angeles.”

Not to worry: the three rocket launchers all lacked the parts needed to actually function. A writer for the Los Angeles Times explains how they ended up in civilian hands.

“The people turning [the rocket launchers] in at the buyback told officers they had family members who were at one time in the military and ‘they no longer wanted the launchers in their homes.’”

While Los Angeles police say they are pleased at the number of weapons they got off the streets...

Some, like a writer for the International Science Times, say “The majority of guns turned in during buyback programs either don’t work or are owned by people who are unlikely to commit a crime.” And one LA-area sheriff says....

“We look like we’re in a third world nation when you seize all these weapons from individuals. And the question you have to ask is: why?” (Via HLN)

Police say they are planning to check with the military to find out how the launchers initial owners got them into their homes.

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