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"Gun exchange" yields missile launcher

Orange County, Florida cops have a program to trade guns for sneakers. The idea, as with other "gun exchange" programs, is to get guns off the streets. Yesterday's event was very successful, reports Central Florida News 13:

A special program got more than 250 guns off the streets of Orange County, including one designed to blow jets out of the sky.

The Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff's Office, and Real Radio 104.1 held their annual Kicks for Guns campaign in Orlando Friday.

People turned in their guns -- no questions asked -- for a free pair of sneakers.

Officials said they received zip guns, shotguns, assault rifles, a 1903 32-caliber Colt pistol and a 4-foot-long surface-to-air missile launcher. In return he got a pair of size-3 Reebok sneakers for his daughter.

The rest is at the link above. According to USA Today, the man found it in a shed he tore down and tried to dispose of it at several dump sites but was refused.


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Hey i understand that some ... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Hey i understand that some srinimals wear sneakers to run faster and make fast escapes how about instead TURN IN YOUR SNEAKERS AND GET A FREE McDONALDS FOOD COUPON

It wasn't really a missile ... (Below threshold)

It wasn't really a missile launcher. It was a storage/launch tube for a missile system, but didn't have any of the actual bits that make it firable (and certainly didn't have a missile in it, since people in news photos were hoisting it like it was empty).

Probably an old piece of junk from one of the aerospace plants.

Yep, good to see Florida tr... (Below threshold)

Yep, good to see Florida trying to remove guns from society. It's a start, but there's a long, LONG way to go.

Yep, good to see F... (Below threshold)
Yep, good to see Florida trying to remove guns from society. It's a start, but there's a long, LONG way to go.

Let me guess herman, you're against American citizens exercising their Second Amendment right. You think the right to keep and bear arms is a collective right not an individual right. Bet that word collective gets your heart to racing and your johnson going, doesn't it?

Most of what I hear about these gun exchange programs is they are exercises in futility. No one who has a gun that they want or treasure or uses ever swaps them out. What happens is someone who has a gun or rifle that they came by through an estate or picked up somewhere and don't want it, use it as an opportunity to get rid of the excess junk for something they want.

Often times, it's some rusty or non-functioning gun or something they found for practically nothing and exchange it for something more valuable.

So, it ends up being an exercise in feel good liberalism. They think they are doing something good, useful. And for liberals, that's all that counts.

cirby is undoubtedly right ... (Below threshold)

cirby is undoubtedly right about the thing. Still, an odd thing to salvage . . .

John in CA ~ You are correct on the whole "gun-exchange" concept. Active criminals aren't giving up weapons they could still use in exchange for sneakers.

But, darn it! - doesn't everybody in town just FEEL so good after "taking so many guns off the streets," though?

I have no particular attitu... (Below threshold)

I have no particular attitude toward the programs one way or another, but I'm curious ... what do the police do with the firearms? Do they examine them before they (presumably) dispose of them?


Penny - from what I've read... (Below threshold)

Penny - from what I've read, the guns are turned in - no questions asked - then destroyed. So ... Suppose you had a murder weapon you wanted disposed of. Get your Grammy to wander by and turn in it, get new her some new sneakers while you're at it, and BINGO.






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