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2 Rocket Launchers Turned In During LAPD Gun Buyback (PHOTOS)

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Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 2:27 PM
click to enlarge LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. - TED SOQUI FOR LA WEEKLY
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  • LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Yesterday's LAPD gun buyback was so successful that two-hour waits and gift-card shortages were reported.

The department says it picked up 75 assault weapons as part of its no-questions-asked effort that saw $100 dollar cards handed out for handguns and long guns and $200 for the kind of rifle used in the Newtown tragedy. The LAPD says 901 handguns, 698 rifles, 363 shotguns will also be destroyed.

Good stats. But this is the one that gut us saying WTF:

Cops picked up two -- count 'em two -- rocket launchers (!) (and not one, as other outlets are reporting), an LAPD official with close knowledge of the program told us. Holy hell why do people on our streets have military grade rocket launchers?

click to enlarge TED SOQUI FOR LA WEEKLY
  • Ted Soqui for LA Weekly

The official told us this is not that unusual, that "we've had them in the past."

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