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L.A. gun buyback yields rocket launcher.....

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by waltermitty, May 14, 2012.

  1. waltermitty

    waltermitty seattle Active Member

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    LATIMES article
    May 14, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    A $2,000 pair of pocket pistols and a military rocket launcher -- sans rocket -- were among the 1,673 firearms that Los Angeles residents traded in for gift cards in the city’s gun buyback this weekend.

    Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa showed off an array of handguns, rifles, shotguns, rifles and assault weapons collected at six locations and piled before them Monday at a news conference outside the Los Angeles Police Department Administration Building.

    Some of the weapons were functional and some were not, they said, but most still had lethal potential.

    “You’re not hunting ducks with this stuff,” Villaraigosa said. “Too often, these weapons are used to hunt and shoot down people -- and that is why we are here today.”

    Gun owners traded their unwanted firearms for gift cards from Ralphs or Visa -- up to $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to $200 for assault weapons. Participants could turn in guns anonymously, with no questions asked.

    This year’s buyback, an initiative of the mayor's Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office, yielded 791 handguns, 527 rifles, 302 shotguns and 53 assault weapons, including one with a 50-round clip and silencer. Last year the effort netted 2,062 firearms.

    The buyback includes an educational outreach campaign involving police, gang prevention and intervention agencies, and community and religious leaders.

    “In the four years we have been doing this, we have taken almost 8,000 weapons off the streets of Los Angeles,” Beck said, adding that gun violence has dropped nearly 20%.

    Despite such efforts, there still are an estimated 3 million firearms in Los Angeles, Beck said.

    He said he has “no problem” with legal gun ownership, but that unwanted firearms are often an attractive nuisance and can fall into the hands of people who might do harm to themselves or others with them.

    “Your homes are safer without unwanted guns,” he said.
     
  2. Ought Six

    Ought Six Snoqualmie Valley area Active Member

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    I wonder if I can get a used LAW tube at some gunshow, and get $200 for it at one of these buybacks. There may be good profit potential here. :cool:
     
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  3. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    No such thing as a "gun buyback"!! The government doesn't own them so how can they "buy them back"?
     
  4. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    That's really the point isn't it? They want you to think you have no right to own firearms without a Govt. say so!
     
  5. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    I hope they're checking to see if these are stolen. I'd hate to think that someone can break into your house, steal your guns, and then get rewarded for doing so (no questions asked).
     
  6. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    That isn't the point of the exercise in my opinion. They have no interest in tracking the guns to criminals, just getting law abiding citizens to turn in legally owned firearms.

    Gun control isn't about crime, it's about CONTROL!
     
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  7. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    No, this is anonymous.. In addition these items will be destroyed, probably with no effort to return them to possible victimized owners

    Some of them may also be murder weapons where the ballisitcs and info on who had them could solve crimes
     
  8. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Buh...buh...but he said he has “no problem” with legal gun ownership...
     
  9. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Probably not unlike some of the people turning them in........
    And a lot safer with WANTED guns.
    Already appraised before the smoke cleared. I'll bet these don't get hammered into plowshares........
     
  10. netcarrier

    netcarrier Portland, Oregon Active Member

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    Hey, Good thing that the guy in Spokane, Washington did not sell his gun to the govt. you think?
    Tony Portland, Oregon Area
     
  11. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    A 50 round clip!? O noes!

    lol
     
  12. duran21

    duran21 Lacey Active Member

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    there is no way in hell i would turn in my $600 pistol for a $100 gift card... sheepeople need to wake up and hold on to those firearms.
     
  13. FarmerTed1971

    FarmerTed1971 Portland, Oregon, United States Well-Known Member

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    Or stand out front and offer $200.
    :p
     
  14. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    One guy did buy an original, nice condition 1873 Peacemaker from an old granny at one of these buybacks.. for $100 or so if I remember right
     
  15. bikejunkie

    bikejunkie Salem Well-Known Member

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    Why would someone sell a pistol for a $100 gift card? Do they not have classified ads in CA? What a bunch of dumbasses...
     
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  16. BANE

    BANE Battle Ground WA. Well-Known Member

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    I think i'll offer a buy back. It sounds like a cheap way to get some guns for myself! :thumbup:
     
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  17. rayd8

    rayd8 Formerly Portland, now Alabama! Member

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    Yep, they got a rocket launcher...too bad they didn't look at the label on it.....or at least turn it over for the picture....

    120515gun_buyback660.jpg
     
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  18. jeepseth

    jeepseth Camas Washington Member

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    Hey, it has "lethal potential"! What if you were training with it, and dropped it on your head, or swung around too fast and took out your buddy! Lol! Looks good to the sheeple though...
     
  19. bnz43

    bnz43 eugene Active Member

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    Im not buyin it, thats a movie prop , that is Hollywood remember would not be hard to get one for propaganda. Or maybe its a giant light saber . I call BS.
     
  20. nubus

    nubus Guest

    Yup, used to have one of those myself, no rocket of course, heck mine didn't even say "trainer" on it.
    Ranging sight popped up when you slid it open, it was a lot of fun to shoot bottle rockets into the trailer park with!
    Definitely had lethal potential though, IF USED AS A CLUB!