Missile Launcher Turned in at Weapons Buyback Probably Obtained Illegally


A Seattle police officer displays the missile tube someone brought to the gun buyback event in downtown Seattle on Jan. 26.

The U.S. Department of Defense has expressed considerable interest in a surface-to-air missile tube that surfaced at a Seattle gun buyback event on Jan. 26.

Citydesk reported Sunday that Seattle law enforcement was stunned when the the missile launcher was brought in at the buyback, which was geared to get more unregistered weapons off the street.

Seattle Police are expected to confer with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command today, according the Associated Press. The launcher is not available to civilians through any surplus or disposal program offered by the government. Seattle detectives theorized that the missile launcher was most likely obtained unlawfully from the military.

Saturday's 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. Organizers were "turning away people more than three hours early after a huge turnout used up all the gift certificates available."

Participants received a gift 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.