Aren’t we always on the lookout for a good buy? For $100 outside of a Weapons Buyback program, a guy purchased a missile launcher. Seattle police are trying to track down the history of the nonfunctional weapon in order to determine if it’s stolen from the military. The police witnessed the private exchange of the military launch weapon near the event, where gun buyers tempt folks standing in the long lines to sell their weapons.
The AP via the Huffington Post reports
“A man standing outside the event Saturday bought the military weapon for $100 from another person there, according to Detective Mark Jamieson.
The single-use device is a launch tube assembly for a Stinger portable surface-to-air missile and already had been used. As a controlled military item, it is not available to civilians through any surplus or disposal program offered by the government, according to Jamieson.
Seattle police have contacted Army officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma to deputy chief Nick Metz said Monday.
“Once it’s brought on base and investigators have a chance to look at it, they’ll see what they can determine,” Army spokesman Joe Kubistek said Monday. “It’s too early to give any information on it until we have hands-on access to see it and take a look at it.”
Officers saw guns changing private hands without knowing whether the person buying the gun had the legal right to buy it, and those transactions are occurring all the time, McGinn said.
He added that the private sales of the missile launch tube and other weapons illustrate the need for comprehensive background checks as proposed by President Barack Obama, as well as other regulations at the state level.
The Gun Buyback program has been successful. People can turn in guns anonymously in exchange for a shopping gift card worth up to $200 — $100 for each handgun, rifle or shotgun turned in, and $200 for each gun classified as an assault weapon under state law. Officials distributed about $70,000 in gift cards at Saturday’s event.
Don’t worry. He was probably a ‘good guy with a missile launcher.’ He probably needed it for his freedom and liberty.