A San Francisco Police officer holding a bazooka-style rocket launcher.
(San Francisco Police Department, Twitter)
An apparent bazooka-style rocket launcher was shot at a San Francisco police-sponsored gun buyback event on Saturday – only to find a non-reusable one-use weapon.
The shoulder-fired anti-tank weapon was among nearly 300 firearms that were exchanged for cash. The firearms will eventually be removed, ground and re-melted.
The buyback had a strict “no-questions-asked” policy as part of the encouragement to give guns and was organized by the San Francisco police department, and the prevention of violence group with the name “United Playaz,” the San Francisco Chronicle.
A bazooka under the 142 firearms turned in the first 90 min of @UP4LIFE gun buy back. Put in at 1038 Howard Street – no questions asked. pic.twitter.com/0U7NKUoJ9U
— SFPDCares (@SFPDCares) December 16, 2017
“We have a bazooka off the streets. We got a bullet from the streets. We got assault rifles. We have everything that you can name that could destroy a whole universe, and we get rid of them within a few hours,” Rudy Corpuz, Jr., executive director of United Playaz, told KGO.
Unfortunately for the police, however the bazooka is identified as a-4, a single-use rocket launcher that cannot be reloaded again after baking. Many mocked the police on social media for celebrating a redemption of the non-reusable weapon.
“Embarrassing tweet for trained police firearm experts. Unless your goal is to scare people. It is just an empty tube. Can not be used again,” wrote one user on Twitter. “That is a AT-4 Tube. It is useless it is dismissed. You will not accomplish anything except waste taxpayers ‘ money,” another Twitter user posted.
“AT4 one time fire weapon, soldiers must break the tube. It can not be loaded. It can be turned in as hazmat, but not as a weapon. I hope that they will not pay the person. If they did that in the Army must run in all of the included tubes for money to them,” wrote a user with the name Scott Germain.
People were reportedly at least $100 for a gun and $200 for assault weapons. It is still unclear how much the person who gave the rocket launcher to receive the purchase.