Baltimore just had a firearms buy-back event and more than 1,000 firearms were purchased by the city. Among the sales were 509 handguns, 273 rifles, 245 shotguns, and one rocket launcher. Yes, you read that right.
Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle claims that by buying back some of the city’s guns, they are potentially taking guns off the street that can be used for crimes.
There is concern among some residents that, because submissions are anonymous, non-Baltimore residents could get money for their unwanted firearms.
However, Tuggle does not share their concern.
“This is originally designed for city residents, however we know that a number of guns we found, in a lot of the violence that happens in Baltimore, comes from the surrounding counties.”
He also said:
“If they’re not in existence, they’re not in the home, they can’t be used, they can’t be stolen. They won’t contribute to our violence.”
This year’s buy-back scored big with the receipt of a rocket launcher.
The rocket launcher was brought in, unloaded, on Monday, December 17.
The city of Baltimore paid the former owner $500 for the launcher. They have also reached out to the military and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to track down where the launcher came from.
People can’t figure out how the rocket launcher came into the hands of a civilian.
Bruh somebody brought a rocket launcher to the gun buy back program in Baltimore. Imagine how nervous you have to be bringing that bitch up there— Me (@The_Lion_) December 21, 2018
I just want to know how you roll up to a gun buy back with a rocket launcher...I mean how do you wait in an hour long line with that?— Joe Derwent (@JoeDerwent) December 22, 2018
I understand that it was a non-functioning rocket launcher but there has to be a fascinating story about how it became part of today's gun buy-back. Unrelated I'm finding it harder and harder to explain Baltimore City to outsiders for some reason.— Paul Gardner (@paulmgardner) December 19, 2018
I have so many questions. Where the hell did you get a rocket launcher? How much did they “buy it back” for? What was the conversation when whoever set down the rocket launcher on the table? https://t.co/MktSnOauye— Cory Tock-ee Tock-ee (@CoryFromPreble) December 20, 2018
Others are simply in shock.
Someone turned in a rocket launcher at Baltimore City’s gun buy back event yesterday.— Chakra Khan (@chakra_khan1111) December 20, 2018
A rocket launcher guys 😂 we did NOT need that shit in the streets pic.twitter.com/Dl6scdWoxz
Someone turned in a rocket launcher at the Baltimore Gun buy back program. pic.twitter.com/0xOppKOQKS— Reformed Hoodrat (@Can_i_LIV) December 20, 2018
two days later and i'm still thinking about whoever brought a rocket launcher to the gun buy back program— Nodal Yellow (@hatzigsut) December 21, 2018
Slim, somebody turned in a fuckin rocket launcher up Baltimore at the buy back guns program— Big Bruce (@1ManRiot_) December 20, 2018
Lmfao someone really turned in a rocket launcher for Baltimore gun buy back program 😂😂😫— vannah. (@Yoo_Savannah) December 20, 2018
So, if you need to get rid of your personal rocket launcher, head to Baltimore next year for their annual buy-back event.