Gun buybacks have been known to bring out some unusual items. But authorities probably didn't expect to see a stinger missile launcher offered up at a recent Seattle event.
Seattle police are tracking down the history of a nonfunctional missile launcher that showed up at a recent weapons buyback program, reports The Christian Science Monitor. Detective Mark Jamieson says the launcher is a controlled military item and that's not available to civilians through any surplus or disposal program offered by the government. He says it's most likely that the launch tube was previously obtained unlawfully from the military.
The weapon turned up at what's turned out to be a growing number of gun buyback events across the nation, particularly as gun control efforts have ramped up after recent mass shootings. At a recent event Los Angeles, one of several municipalities to hold a gun buyback event since the Dec. 14 mass shooting in Newton, CT, collected more than 2,000 firearms - a record, police officials reported. Among the items: two rocket launchers and 75 assault weapons.
Via The Christian Science Monitor.