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LAPD Buys Back Military Rocket Launcher From Public

May 15, 2012  | 

Photo: LAPD/Lt. Andrew Neiman
Photo: LAPD/Lt. Andrew Neiman

A military rocket launcher without the rocket was among the 1,673 firearms accepted by the Los Angeles Police Department for destruction over the weekend.

The green launcher was a training launcher but could likely have been modified, Lt. Andrew Nieman told POLICE Magazine. The department gave Los Angeles residents gifts cards for groceries of Visa purchases of $100 for pistols and $200 for long guns.

Among the weapons, the department accepted 791 handguns; 53 asssault rifles; and 893 miscelaneos rifles, shotguns, and other guns.

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa showed off the weapons collected at six locations at a Monday news conference outside the LAPD's headquarters.

Comments (16)

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Frank @ 5/15/2012 6:34 PM

Boy did the Sellers get screwed. LAPD should put them up for auction now and make some money for the department instead of sending them to the crusher. Gun prices are on the rise any M1 Garands in that pile?

Tschako @ 5/15/2012 7:22 PM

Do they really think this accomplishes anything? What a waste of police officer time! Gang members are laughing up their sleeve over this. Now they will have to waste more officer time and money to have these destroyed.

Bernie @ 5/15/2012 7:58 PM

I wonder how many thefts and burglaries were done for the purpose of cashing in on the $100 or $200 rebate announcement. It would be interesting to check the stats on the average number of stolen guns vs the number after the announcement was made that the cops would buy any guns anonymously.

But, maybe the whole idea works to get some guns off the streets. I don't know.

Rick @ 5/15/2012 9:35 PM

This is the biggest haul I've ever heard of during a gun buy back program. When I was a Federal Tactical Officer with the USCG in Miami, the buy back programs usually brought in people that didn't want their legally owned gun or the gun was broken and they didn't want to fix it. Gang members don't stand in line to hand over their firearms for groceries. It's sad to see people duped into handing in their firearms for a fraction of what they could have sold it for. With gun laws becoming more restrictive here in CA and crime going up due to law enforcement officers being laid off and criminals being let out early, they're going to wish they had kept those firearms!

K9 @ 5/15/2012 11:09 PM

Who pays for this?

scpdblue @ 5/16/2012 5:30 AM

The people got ripped off. I agree with Frank,our department sells the guns we get to gunshops after they are checked out..It funds our narcotics team and buys our duty and training ammo.

Chief John @ 5/16/2012 5:59 AM

Instead of crushing or melting , why don't they make the working weapons available to small departments who don't have the cash or are big enough to get any grants? I have seen some small Sheriffs Depts. carrying single shot shot guns that are so old and worn out, they should be wall art in a Cracker Barrel.

jake @ 5/16/2012 8:20 AM

that's to bad for law abiding citizens who sold their guns. don't you think the criminals are laughing out loud at all the airheads that sold their weapons. that's just more victims to rob, rape, or kill without any means to protect themselves from these thugs. i bet those criminals are cheering the LAPD.

morg @ 5/16/2012 9:43 AM

If I had known about that I would have picked up some throw away .22 kids rifles for $120 and nearly doubled by money.

mark haskins @ 5/16/2012 10:24 AM

Another misleading title. It was not a rocket launcher. "It was a training Launcher". LA' s streets are safe again!

Mike @ 5/16/2012 3:20 PM

I wonder if they even bothered to run the serial numbers to check for stolen guns. And if they were checked, why were they not either entered into evidence as recovered stolen property or returned to their rightful owner. My guess is that if they ran them and found them stolen they just considered the case closed and destroyed the gun anyway.

Scout1 @ 5/16/2012 5:51 PM

I work in the Chicago suburbs and was detailed to a gun buy back several years ago. I saw this old guy walk up and deposit a Krag-Jorgensen model 1898 for a $50 voucher at a sporting goods store. This gun was destin for the gas ax, what a shame. This rifle should be in a museum, it was of no harm to anyone. I promise, no gang member would be able to locate 30-40 Krag ammo ANYWHERE. What a pathetic waste. Ahhh...the sheep.

RetEltee @ 5/17/2012 12:59 PM

I ran one of these scams over a decade ago. We handed out vouchers (25 & 50 bucks at the time) that weren't good for a week so we had time to test fire them.

There were some beauties but most were beasts; the old "bicycle guns; nickel plated break tops.

I made the pitch to the Ivory Tower that we should truck them right down the pike to Gun Parts Int'l and get a check. The whole gun is gone by being parted out. Chief wanted to get a picture tossing them into a raging fire!! His reasoning that the thugs would by the parts to fix their guns.

As far as I know, they're still rusting in a vault!

Coronatime @ 5/21/2012 10:52 AM

Sensational media hype to make people feel better. Look at all of those 'evil' guns lying there for the media to photo and broadcast on the evening news, "the streets are a little safer now that these guns are gone." What a waste of time and resources.

Bob @ 9/24/2012 12:25 PM

Over $200,000 for what will turn out to be guns that may or may not fire. Lets spend that to train officers.

Pam @ 12/22/2012 5:39 PM

I agree that the criminals are not going to give up their weapons... Home break in's might just go on the rise in LA since there is no fear of being shot! No disrespect intended and I support my local PD... but you have to admit that by the time the police get there....there might be a victim and the perp will be gone! I have to add... they can ban the sale of guns all they want here in America etc.... the criminals will still obtain them and Corrupt Mexico will get even richer. How can you say you can stop the sale of illegal guns when you can't stop the sale of drugs? Besides, I thought we had to lay off some of our police across america due to budgets? If so wouldn't we need the ability to protect ourselves?

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