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January 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Surface-to-air missile tube shows up at Seattle gun buyback event

A Seattle police officer displays the missile tube someone brought to the gun buyback event in downtown Seattle Saturday morning. (Photo courtesy of the city of Seattle)

A lot of guns showed up at the city of Seattle’s gun buyback event today, but it’s not likely anyone was prepared for a surface-to-air missile tube that someone turned in.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn apparently was mistaken when he tweeted at midday today that the missile tube was a grenade launcher, as an earlier version of this story said. Here’s the tweet: @SeattlePD take possession of RPG launcher at today’s gun buyback.

Details on who brought the contraption to the show weren’t immediately available and as you can see by the photo, it’s not necessarily in mint condition.

The buyback effort took in a lot of guns, but the sponsors ran out of the gift certificates they were handing out in exchange for the guns turned in and there was a steady business on the street by people buying guns from those standing in line, even before they had a chance to exchange their guns for a gift certificate.

Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: gun buyback, rocket launcher, Seattle Police


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