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Grenade launcher donated to a goodwill store

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posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 06:47 AM
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So a goodwill store in Tampa Florida had a grenade launcher donated to them I guess by accident. The story doesn't say what kind of launcher it was but it was also still loaded with a live grenade. st ory
Are grenade launchers legal to buy in certain states? Being from the UK I'm not entirely sure what can be bought in the states.




posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 06:51 AM
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a reply to: Woody510

No...that is illegal in every way



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 06:52 AM
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a reply to: Woody510

No, not legal in any state.

I once heard a story about I think it was a laws rocket was turned in at a "gun buyback" in Tampa.

And about 15 years ago I read in the newspaper about them finding someones live grenade stash spot down at a park I went on to live about a 12 minute walk from.
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posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 06:54 AM
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a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan

I didn't think they would be but I'm always surprised by things that are. So it must have come from the armed services then somehow?



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 07:00 AM
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a reply to: Woody510

I bet they can figure out its origination point.

If its US made it is just another black eye on the dod



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 07:00 AM
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What could possibly go wrong?

"Awe NEAT! Someone donated a replica launcher"!

*click*

*BOOM*



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 07:06 AM
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a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan

They must take note of serial numbers when weapons are delivered so I agree they should be able to trace where it came from. I'm sure military weapons can make their way on to the black market.



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 07:14 AM
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I collect bazookas and flame-throwers.
Always keep an eye out at the Goodwill.
You can get some real bargains.



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 07:18 AM
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originally posted by: StallionDuck
What could possibly go wrong?

"Awe NEAT! Someone donated a replica launcher"!

*click*

*BOOM*

I'm picturing it coming in with some donated nerf guns and the staff messing about with them when they shut.



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 07:19 AM
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You can by a 38mm flare launcher for your rifle, ya know for that scary Scareface look. Military launchers are 40mm. Probably all it is seeing not much info in the article. Remember this is the same fake news that refers to ALL semi automatic weapons as, eee gats! FULLY AUTOMATIC ASSAULT RIFLES!! Run and hide the NRA and bible carting white people want to kill you children!!



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 07:21 AM
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a reply to: Woody510

yup - serial numbers can be traced`

but unless the last " owner " was a grade 2 idiot - it wont do much good

first rule of stealling stuff :

1 - never steal something you " signed for " - always steal someone elses - preferably from another regiment [ i personally reccomend - the brigade of guards ]


lastly - as no source i can find identifies the weapon [ stock pics used ] - it COULD be spolis of war - from an foreign campaign

so deducing that it was shipped to the iraqi military in 1986 by the soviet union - wount do much to trace how it ended up in a florida charity shop



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 07:26 AM
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here [ UK ] we use :

40mm military grenades

37mm - baton rounds [ nylon ] CS gas etc etc for riot // police

yes CS etc is availiable in 40mm - but we ONLY use 37mm launchers in norther island and police riot issue

its IMPOSSIBLE to pick up a 40mm launcher [ UK issue ] thinking its a 37mm

and oviously explovive // fragmentation rounds are ONLY availiable in 40mm - so cannot be " mistakenly " loaded in 37mm projectors



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 07:35 AM
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originally posted by: ignorant_ape
a reply to: WUNK22

here [ UK ] we use :

40mm military grenades

37mm - baton rounds [ nylon ] CS gas etc etc for riot // police

yes CS etc is availiable in 40mm - but we ONLY use 37mm launchers in norther island and police riot issue

its IMPOSSIBLE to pick up a 40mm launcher [ UK issue ] thinking its a 37mm

and oviously explovive // fragmentation rounds are ONLY availiable in 40mm - so cannot be " mistakenly " loaded in 37mm projectors


I used to construct those baton rounds. We used to draw smiley faces on them and write messages like "have a nice day".

I feel kinda bad about it now but I was young, dumb and full of cum. What ya gonna do?



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 07:48 AM
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originally posted by: skunkape23
I collect bazookas and flame-throwers.
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IMO it should be part of every hunters stash.


Its the easiest way to hunt and cook.

Use the bazooka to chop and tenderize the meat then the flame thrower to cook it.

It's the environmentally right thing to do! It has helped me cut down on plastic knives that I used to cut the meat into mouth size bites.
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posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 07:48 AM
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a reply to: Woody510
This was an entrapment op, very likely targeting somebody they knew would frequent the store.

Looks like it was a 203 Undermounted launcher, which is legal to buy and own with the right paperwork. Using, manufacturing, or seeking to buy explosive shells for it, however, is very illegal. Picking one up at a thrift store is not the proper way to purchase this regulated item.
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posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 07:59 AM
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37mm Grenade launchers are not illegal to own with only possessing flare rounds, it is considered a signal device. If you were to have the launcher and other sorts of ammunition, you would need to pay $$$ to ATF after some checking you can get a stamp as it would be considered a destructive device.

40mm launchers require ATF stamps off the get go once you have it, it is legal to own.

So if the launcher was 37mm and loaded with a flare its 100% legal own. The dropping off at Goodwill probably not too smart for the owner, but there is no FLL required unless the launcher is 40mm or deamed a destructive device by the ATF so really not illegal as well.

Other wise ATF is going to come a knocking at the owners door.



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 08:25 AM
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a reply to: Sabz228

Correct, legal to own.
Here is an article at Small Arms Review that explains it in more depth.
I think it is 40mm, judging by the case.



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 08:40 AM
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The grenade matches up to dummy round images on the web.... here.



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 08:50 AM
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Goodwill needs publicity period.

The CEO was taking millions as bonuses, thus it took a beating from it's typically loyal donators. I used to donate to Goodwill, however I stopped after the CEO scandal, and their handling of the issue.

Think before you donate!

And that goes for launchers too.



posted on Feb, 1 2018 @ 08:53 AM
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a reply to: Realtruth

Sounds like Oxfam over here it came out the main guy was on £127,000 a year and yet they're tweeting about being anti capitalist.



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