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Missile launcher appears at Seattle gun buyback event

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Seattle Police Department officers inspect a missile launcher seized from Mason Vranish, who purchased it outside a gun buyback program in Seattle, Wash., on Jan. 26.

Nick Adams / Reuters

Seattle Police Department officers inspect a missile launcher seized from Mason Vranish, who bought it outside a gun buyback event in Seattle, Wash., on Jan. 26.

Mason Vranish went to a gun buyback event in Seattle on Saturday hoping to pick up some inexpensive firearms, and he wound up scoring a Redeye missile launcher.

Vranish, who describes himself as a firearms enthusiast, bought the previously used launcher from a man who was taking the weapon to the Seattle Police Department’s gun buyback. People who turned in weapons at the event received a gift card of up to $200, according to the AP.

Vranish paid the man $100 cash for the missile launcher, thinking it would be a great novelty item. He said it was a one-time use launcher that had been previously used. However, police took the weapon until they could find out if it could be legally owned by a civilian. The man who sold the launcher to Vranish told him he had found the launcher in his house and that it was left by the previous owners.

Vranish was given $200 in gift cards for the missile launcher. He hopes to get it back, but now he has “a feeling it was probably stolen.”

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Nick Adams / Reuters

Mason Vranish, left, pays $100 cash for a used missile launcher outside of a Seattle Police Department gun buyback program in Seattle, Wash., on Jan. 26. Participants received up to a $100 gift card in exchange for working handguns, shotguns and rifles, and up to a $200 gift card for assault weapons. The event lasted from 9 a.m. until shortly after noon, after the event ran out of $80,000 worth of gift cards.

Nick Adams / Reuters

Seattle Police Department Sgt. Paul Gracy, left, seizes a missile launcher from Mason Vranish outside a gun buyback program in Seattle, Wash., on Jan. 26.

Nick Adams / Reuters

Seattle Police Department Sgt. Paul Gracy looks over a seized a missile launcher purchased outside a gun buyback event in Seattle, Wash., on Jan. 26.