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Rocket Launchers Turned in During L.A. Gun Buyback Not Functional

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) — Two rocket launchers handed over to the Los Angeles Police Department during L.A.’s annual Gun Buyback were not functional.

Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa showed off the launchers, which were turned in by families of former military members on December 26.

The LAPD said all along the launchers appeared to be antiquated, and probably could no longer be fired.

The department enlisted the U.S. military to investigate whether the rockets were ever stolen.

Military experts have now confirmed to the Los Angeles Times, the devices were just “stripped down shells,” not capable of discharging.

Authorities collected 2,037 firearms, including 75 assault weapons during Wednesday’s buyback.

The event was moved up several months in response to the elementary school shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 children, in Newtown, Connecticut.

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