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Baltimore police pay $500 for rocket
launcher at gun buyback

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:mc squared, 12/26/2018 1:22:40 PM

Baltimore police say a rocket launcher was among the more than 1,000 firearms turned in during recent gun buyback events. The rocket launcher was traded for $500, and police have reached out to the military and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to trace its origin. Police spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert says the unloaded rocket launcher was turned in Monday, Dec. 17. News outlets report interim commissioner Gary Tuggle said Friday that the city had spent $163,000 so far on the first two events last week.

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We must stop these random rocket launcher shootings. Someone tell Pelosi, Schumer, Bloomberg, etc..

With nearly 1,000 weapons ´bought,´ I would guess some cops made out very well.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: laotzu, 12/26/2018 1:43:36 PM     (No. 11873547)

Silbert says the unloaded rocket launcher was turned in Monday, Dec. 17.

Unloaded. No rocket. I suppose they could beat you over the head with it. But God help you if they go to Sports Authority and buy some rockets.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MrDeplorable, 12/26/2018 1:45:57 PM     (No. 11873550)

MEDIA FIREARMS/WEAPONS IGNORANCE EXAMPLE #3672: "Baltimore police pay $500 for rocket launcher at gun buyback" was the screamer headline from an AP article in the New York Post with a photo of a Russian RPG-7 RELOADABLE rocket launcher which would have indeed been a very deadly weapon to get off the streets. But if we go over to the video posted by Baltimore station WABL-TV video of the actual "rocket launcher" the cops bought, we see that it is not deadly at all but just an old inert EXPENDED Vietnam-era M72 LAW tube which cannot be RELOADED and is about as deadly as a expended shotgun shell.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Sore Eye Assets, 12/26/2018 1:46:16 PM     (No. 11873552)

I bid $501 for that Rocket Launcher.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: poster, 12/26/2018 1:57:28 PM     (No. 11873555)

That was a stock photo. Not the tube they paid 500 for.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 12/26/2018 1:59:53 PM     (No. 11873558)

That´s an RPG-7, (Russian), and they can actually be legal to own. (It is basically just a pipe with a trigger mechanism and sight. I remember seeing them for sale for a few hundred dollars on the open market a few years ago.

It is the ´ammunition´ for them that is hard to acquire and a real hassle to posses, and requires each unit to be licensed, stored in an ATF approved bunker, and inventoried regularly and reported when used.

I wouldn´t be surprised if they can trace this one back to Eric Holder and 0bama. Their "Fast and Furious" scheme had several of these floating around.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 12/26/2018 2:12:11 PM     (No. 11873566)

Oh, I see some posters are way ahead of me.

#2 mentioned what was my first thought at seeing the headline; an M-72 tube which is even more useless to a criminal or terrorist than the RPG-7 pictured. I remember seeing expended M-72 tubes for sale for about twenty five bucks years ago, no need to even fill out paperwork.

I foolishly assumed that the photo accompanying the article was of the device that was acquired in the buyback.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: MrDeplorable, 12/26/2018 2:17:41 PM     (No. 11873570)

As you were, folks, on closer inspection, I realize the actual "rocket launcher" shown on WBAL-TV video was NOT a Vietnam-era M72 LAW but a more modern AT4 disposable anti-tank launcher. But still an inert training model which is not deadly at all. (All previous postings obsolete)

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Reply 8 - Posted by: GO3, 12/26/2018 2:38:49 PM     (No. 11873583)

Both the LAW and the AT-4 are expendable one shot launchers, and once fired in combat the soldier throws it on the ground and continues to march. As others have said, the tubes are at best surplus items of interest and cannot be re-loaded unlike an RPG.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Oysterhaven, 12/26/2018 2:59:38 PM     (No. 11873598)

Talk about criminals not following gun laws ...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: osprey21, 12/26/2018 3:20:01 PM     (No. 11873609)

The journalists guide to firearms.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/f4/d8/f9/f4d8f9ede32aa84bfa98144a174a9c55.jpg

Idiots.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Cor-Vet, 12/26/2018 4:42:15 PM     (No. 11873657)

So some knowledgeable LEOs were scammed out of $500 for a useless rocket launcher that may have been purchased for $20 to $25 bucks. If, God forbid, I ever get to Baltimore, I´ll feel so much safer now.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Ribald1, 12/26/2018 4:53:53 PM     (No. 11873667)

They did one of these in Oakland years ago.
They netted hundreds of ´hot´ guns that were traced to murders, but because of the way the ´no questions´ buyback was done, the guns couldn´t be traced back to the perps and the D boys managed to cash in while getting rid of guns they couldn´t use anymore without risking getting hooked to a murder case.
It was winning all around for the criminals. Get rid of hot guns, get money to replace them.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 12/26/2018 7:04:31 PM     (No. 11873746)

Less dangerous than a 9mm shell casing - which CAN be reloaded.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/26/2018 9:35:14 PM     (No. 11873832)

To quote you #5:
"I wouldn´t be surprised if they can trace this one back to Eric Holder and 0bama. Their "Fast and Furious" scheme had several of these floating around."

That would certainly explain why the DOJ wants to prevent the Fast & Furious scheme from being brought up in court.


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Reply 15 - Posted by: dvc, 12/27/2018 6:23:02 PM     (No. 11874574)

Most likely an expended LAW rocket launch tube.

Not a controlled item, not reloadable by anyone less than an honest to goodness rocket scientist who could build his own.

Basically an empty fiberglass tube with a handle and some crude sights on the side.

I´ll bet $100 that it is harmless.

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