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August 18, 2007

Orlando Police Ask For Guns, Get Missile Launcher

Orlando police Sgt. Mark Canty holds a .20-gauge shotgun and a pellet rifle on Friday during a sneakers-for-gun exchange outside the Florida Citrus Bowl

Orlando police ask for guns, get missile launcher
Orlando Sentinel ....for complete article

Orlando emptied its bureau drawers and closets on Friday of more than 250 unwanted guns -- and one surface-to-air missile launcher.

The shoulder-fired weapon showed about 6 p.m. when an Ocoee man drove to the Citrus Bowl to trade the 4-foot-long launcher for size-3 Reebok sneakers for his daughter.

"I didn't know what to do with it, so I brought it here," explained the man, who said he found the missile in a shed he tore down last week. "I took it to three dumps to try to get rid of it and they told me to get lost."
After hefting the weapon designed to blow jets out of the sky, police spokeswoman Sgt. Barbara Jones commented: "I tell you, you never know what you're going to get."

Many could not be traced because they were made before 1968, when serial numbers became mandatory for new firearms sold in the U.S.

An unblemished 1903 .32-caliber Colt pistol caught the eye of a knowledgeable deputy who checked the Internet and found it was worth about $1,400.

Friday's exchange had discoveries similar to a PBS Antiques Roadshow episode in which a participant comes in with an unexpected treasure.

That moment for gun aficionados was the pre-noon appearance at the Citrus Bowl of an unidentified man carrying three firearms. He dropped them off and left, saying he didn't want anything.

"I wish he'd been my father," said Officer Kevin Williams, an assistant rangemaster and gun instructor at the Orlando Police Department. "I'd love to have them."

Worth more than $3,000, those three military-style target rifles will be destroyed just like the rusted guns worth less than $50 that were turned in, organizers said. Before going under cutting torches, guns that work will be test fired so the bullets and cartridges can be compared to evidence in unsolved murder cases, they said.

"Somebody took really good care of this," said Williams, holding a .308-caliber M1-A Springfield rifle worth about $1,500. "I'd bet a body part this was never used in a crime."

Wild Thing's comment........

What???? They find a missile launcher in a shed near one of the busiest international airports in the world and all they can say is “You never can tell what you’re going to get?”

Posted by Wild Thing at August 18, 2007 12:55 AM


Where in the heck does one get a rocket launcher?
At least that one is out of commission now, but makes you wonder what else is out there.

Posted by: Lynn at August 18, 2007 07:42 AM

I don't like this type of activity by the Police. This plays too much into the hands of the Leftist democrats and suggests too many scary scenarios. Where the State demands all 'Guns' to be turned in or forced confiscation results. This was the first thing Hitler and Stalin did, then came books and then people.

This of course was all voluntary and of course, just bring us your 'guns', no questions asked.
For now anyway.

The libs always scream about their First Amendment rights being violated, isn't it uncanny how they don't realize that the 2nd Amendment is what protects the First.

What isn't being realized and probably won't be until it is too late. A candidate like Hillary Clinton, wants: Nationalzied Health care, wants to take a lot of money away from 'Big-Oil', she wants the Government to bail out people defaulting on their Mortages. To the less informed this sounds great, a Nanny state to meet everybody's needs.

What do these people think is next. How about Private property ownership, this will fall by the wayside, (because the government will buy it all and own it) and of course Gun Ownership, (confiscation), two of the most important freedoms we have.

Once everything is owned by the government, we the people will have nothing. No rights and no Liberty.

To me this is even to scary to think about, but to the left this is nervana, the communist model they have been striving for for the last 55 years.

Posted by: Mark at August 18, 2007 09:19 AM

Lynn, I wonder how many of the terrorist cells have these launchers.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 18, 2007 09:44 AM

Mark, I agree with every word, crossed T and dotted i that you said. I have never been in favor of this kind of thing.
I forget where they first started to do this (which State and city) but way back when it first started I didn't have a blog then, and I only posted at forums, but I posted on and on about it and how bad it was in every way.

This kind of thing scares the heck out of me.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 18, 2007 09:49 AM

"'s a small world after all. It's a small world after all... it's a small, small world!"
If they gave out basketballs...Orlando PD would have received 10,000 MORE firearms from the 'MY BAD ASS' homies and pimps!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at August 19, 2007 07:44 AM