Missile Launcher Surfaces at Seattle Gun Buyback

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A Seattle police officer displays the missile tube someone brought to the gun buyback event in downtown Seattle on January 26.
  • Courtesy of Seattle Police Department
  • A Seattle police officer displays the missile tube someone brought to the gun buyback event in downtown Seattle on Jan. 26.

It's not out of the ordinary for law enforcement agencies across the nation to hold so-called "gun buyback" events in an effort to get more unregistered weapons off the street.

But when someone turned in a surface-to-air missle tube to a Seattle buyback event on Jan. 26, authorities were stunned. No one is saying who brought the contraption to the event, and you can tell by the above photo that the missle launcher isn't in mint condition.

The event was Seattle's first gun buyback program in 20 years and was utlimately a victim of its own success, according to KOMO-TV news, "turning away people more than three hours early after a huge turnout used up all the gift certificates available."

Participants received a girft card worth up to $100 for each handgun, rifle or shotgun turned in. Assault weapons could be worth twice as much and additional gift cards were given for high-capacity magazines.

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