LAPD Uses Defunct Rocket Launchers To Scare People Into Gun Control

The recent gun buy-back program in L.A. allegedly yielded a pair of rocket launchers according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. Beck stated at a press conference, “Those are weapons of war, weapons of death. These are not hunting guns. These are not target guns...they have no place in our great city." This announcement that the gun buy-back program was successful in getting these “weapons of death” off the streets provided for some scary headlines in mainstream media. The police department’s as well as the media’s desired reaction was obviously to scare people and to associate law-abiding gun owners with those “paranoid, white nazis” who want to wage war with the U.S. government.

It was working, but then it turned out that those rocket launchers were not any danger to anyone at all…unless they were used to hit someone over the head. These particular rocket launchers were one-use, AT-4 grenade launchers. After they’ve been used once, that’s it. They’re not capable of being used again. That’s how they’re designed. In fact, once they’re used, they’re even sold for cheap at military surplus stores or on eBay.

Breitbart reported that it got even better:

 “But even more absurdly, at least one of the tubes was a training piece and never fired a grenade and never could have. It was a device used only for showing young soldiers what such a weapon looks like. It is a hands-on training tool that is 100% inert, un-fireable, safe as a plastic kid's toy gun.”

 Writing for Business Insider, Paul Szoldra, a former Marine, wrote,

 “It is, quite literally, a long, green fiberglass tube that does nothing….The turn-in of these expended rockets is the equivalent of me picking up empty shell casings that have been fired, and maybe even the ammunition box they came in, and turning it in for a free gift card.”

 So, was this just a setup to make fodder for news headlines that would further the establishment’s gun control agenda? Did the LAPD provide the “rocket launchers” themselves? Did they get them from a Hollywood production company that used them on movie sets as props? Or did some guy actually turn in the worthless pieces of plastic without the police chief knowing that they were defunct in exchange for $100 in taxpayer money? Either the media/police are trying to pull a fast one on us, or some guy pulled a fast one on them. Either way, the LAPD and media are showing their incompetence and utter desperation to justify gun control measures.

Breitbart also reported that the LAPD have tried pulling this publicity stunt before:

 “Back in May, Beck again paraded before the media with a "rocket launcher" he claimed his department had received during a gun buyback program. That piece, too, was clearly marked "trainer" and was incapable of ever firing any rockets.”

 And for the record, I don’t think there is anything wrong with someone owning a real rocket launcher. The more armed we are, the safer we are from government tyranny, which is why they want complete disarmament. They use the media under the guise of “news” to convince people to be afraid of guns and anyone who opposes a government overstepping its bounds. “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny,” said Jefferson.



  • True Patriot

    Yep, our government greatly fears law-abiding armed American citizens. Why? Because they are tyrants and they know that they can't completely control us if we are armed. They don't give a darn about saving a child or anyone else's life. Their motives to disarm us is not about guns. It's about control -- controlling us and destroying our individual liberty.

    • charlie gnu

      you are EXACTLY right....the fraud pres, i would bet, doesn't care how many more slaughters there are because ALL HE WANTS IS OUR GUNS SO WE CAN'T RETALIATE AND HE KNOWS HE HAS THE SYMPATHY OF AMERICANS RIGHT NOW...THAT'S WHY HE'S PUSHING so hard to get this gun control issues settled before it becomes less important....he must think he can put one over...he may get it done, but America will know why....

      • DrSique

        " And for the record, I don’t think there is anything wrong with someone owning a real rocket launcher".
        I was just saying, the other day, why would anyone turn over a hard gained rocket launcher for a Wal-Mart card? Now I know.

    • Watchmanonwall

      An armed people are citizens. a disarmed people are subjects.
      You are right, they don't care about the children. Otherwise they would be doing something about chicago and all the other inner cities.
      Never let a crisis go to waste. If there is no crisis, make one.

      • DoingMoreWithLes

        Disarmed people have been routinely used for furnace food. Exterminated by the millions and millions.

  • Spyderdalton

    These things a freely hanging in army surplus stores in Los Angeles. This is a scare tactic only to support gun confiscation. WTFU people...

  • Jerry G

    Can you say "cheap shot" ?

  • Robert Gunther

    This is a conspiracy
    and an attack on the Constitution which must be stopped on way or another.

  • elmerf

    LA must think everyone is as stupid as most LA-ites.

    • Watchmanonwall

      Not being military, I did not know the difference either. That is why I am glad I do not rely on the lamestream ministry of information. I can get facts and truth from alternative news sources.
      Unfortunately, a vast majority of the population does not. If they watch the "news" at all, its commie news network or pms mbc. But they know ALL about pop culture.

  • Chuck Golightly

    Sorry Charlie, you were had! A knowlegeable Chief of Police would check to see if it was real, would check into it's use, everything about it before flaunting it to the press. This shows their credibility failure. We need to know who's behind this farce, and why Chief Beck bought his story. There are way too many exmilitary personnel who saw right through his attempt. Too bad, LAPD.

  • spyderdalton

    This is the same LAPD that used illegal warrants to hit the houses of gun store owners and employees. The same LAPD that had an alleged judge rubber stamping search warrants without proper cause. The same LAPD that allegedly dismantled the "GUN SQUAD" because of alleged illegal activities with prostitution and drug money laundering. I say allegedly because those busted are sequestered from reporting any of this to the press. Not that the press would report it, but just saying... maybe a whistle blower will have the balls to verify it.

  • Thom Raasio

    LAPD.....stands for......Lousiest American Police Department............also short for LAP-DOG for Communist / Marxist / Muslim governments.

  • Uncle Sam's Misguided Child

    They're trying hard to bring in the one world order and agenda 21.

  • servant

    Say it ain't so, that cops would knowingly LIE?
    Proving man can NOT rule, so Please return Lord Jesus, and end all this sin and corruption!

  • wildbill

    After the revolution in cuba castro said the revolution is over now you can turn in your guns and he has been a dictator since then. This is exactly what Obama is trying to do now.

  • Randy Renu

    We all know how smart the LAPD is. I remember the late 60's. Having a non-working rocket launcher is not against the law. Period. Owning a real one is also not against the law if it's registered and you have the documents to own one. That training rocket launcher is as dangerous as a toilet paper tube...I guess you could beat someone to death with it.

    • Watchmanonwall

      We need some that can shoot down these illegal drones.

  • rchguns

    Well after all LA is in California. Their primary exports are three things. The biggest export is pure Bull Crap in the form of Hollywood movies. The more violent and bloody the better they been doing it for decades. This is just an extension of that industry just another fictitious creation to entertain a certain portion of our populace.

    The next most prominent export would have to be incompetent, egotistical, and downright ugly female politicians. One look At the Wicked Witch of the West, Pelosi, pretty well proves that but then when you add to the mix Diane Frankenstein how can there be any doubt.

    Their next most important export is illegal drugs both domestic production and imported from elsewhere. That could possibly be an answer to why the current population of that state seem to be leaning towards mental cases. It all comes from the 60s too much drugs sex and rock 'n roll. Actually I think it's a genetic disorder caused by LSD that was widespread in the 60s.

    The other main export without a doubt is illegal aliens. Illegal aliens probably outnumber the legitimate population of Southern California.

    Last but not least when as the LA Police Department ever done anything good. Anything they touch they screw up somehow it seemed like a prerequisite for working for them and if you're not incompetent enough they will help you become so.

    • COTom

      May I add the blowhard Michael Moore to your list?

      • rchguns

        of course he is one of the top people on the list but he still comes under the heading of the crap coming out of Hollywood. He just seemed to be a bigger turd.
        Subject: [godfatherpolitics] Re: LAPD Uses Defunct Rocket Launchers To Scare People Into Gun Control

    • Watchmanonwall

      you put the words 'pelosii' and 'pretty' next to each other and I threw up in my mouth.

      • rchguns

        This Is True but pretty was in a different context. Such as her face pretty much matches my dogs but.
        Subject: [godfatherpolitics] Re: LAPD Uses Defunct Rocket Launchers To Scare People Into Gun Control

        • Watchmanonwall

          LOL. if my dog were that ugly ... I would shave his ass and teach him to walk backwards.

        • FLBuck

          Man that broad is so frigging ugly that she could scare a buzzard off a s@#t wagon !!!

  • Tom54

    The only issue here is whether the Main Stream Media says the same story. I think not! "They will keep on like these things are carried by every criminal on the street and that the gangs use them in their gang fights. So beware you don't get into their sights!" People in the know and FOX will show how stupid they are. The main stream media knows but won't tell the Obommanites.

  • dad666

    It doesn't matter, if they wer knowingly used it is fraud, if they were to stupid to know the difference it is still fraud. They have knowingly or negligently misled the world and the public to advance a BS agenda and scare people into believing a LIE. Must be related to the Fraud in the White House

  • CountryBoy

    They need to go and talk to Arnold Schwarzenegger about that M47 Patton tank that he just bought.....

  • Jakebrake

    Germany of the 1930's is here. And with the Muslim socialist in the White House it will only get worse. Welcome to the United Socialist States of America.

  • Craig Mayberry

    Standby folks. This is going to get really interesting as the leftists steer the country toward totalitarianism. With a gutless congress which is supposedly somewhat conservative, the free people of the United States are just a stone's throw from a socialist dictatorship. There is no one left in our national leadership who will fight for freedom. Maybe now that Stanley McChrystal is a private citizen we can draft him for President in 2016. That's if the Dems don't succeed in trashing the Constitution.

  • Johnny Geetar

    Government ballbaggery is indeed afoot.......

  • Johnny Geetar

    We are facing communists. We used to kill communists. The constitution via the 2nd Amendment gives us the right to AGAIN begin killing communists. I'm waiting for the powderkeg to finally blow.......

    • FLBuck

      The way things are going, you probably won't have to wait long.

  • frank907

    What a crock! I watched a video that showed people turning in firearms worth $400 to $1400 for a $25 to $50 gift card. Are they really that stupid or were the weapons loaned to them from the police arsenal to put on a show?

  • BobM001

    Only a MINDLESS CALIFORNIAN would fall for this "show biz attempt" by the LAPD(short for Los Angeles Propaganda Dept).

  • Watchmanonwall

    there is another point that possibly could be made.
    If in fact these were real, or, if private citizens currently own real rocket launchers, and,
    if no one has used them to shoot anyone or anything, (and they have not.)
    then, that demonstrates that citizens can be trusted to possess weapons equivalent to that the government possesses.
    That demonstrates that the America will not become the wild west.
    Basically the same argument used for ccw and gun ownership in general.

  • Max

    I think the Goverment better be affraid If they try takeing are guns they havent seen nothing yet We will have the biggest war you would not beleive they have been takeing are rights away for a long time little bet at a time and we let them now they think we are afrade of them and they can take full control but They will get a big surprise I think the ones that push there gun control on us will be the first to go They think we are dumb and beleive everything they say some libs anrinos do but most of the people beleave in the constatioun and will die keeping are country free so they better think twice if they love there familys and want to live they better back away before it is to late Once it starts it wont stop till freedom rings again

  • JoJo58

    When I first saw that picture a couple of weeks ago I laughed and had to wonder how STUPID does the government think we are? If a rocket launcher was ever turned it, it would have been stolen from a military installation, which would create a wee bit of curiosity besides handing them a 200.00 gift card to some stupid grocery store. And of course, the media (aka pravda) is right there generating fear amongst the stupid that will hand over their guns, gold and anything else Obama wants.

  • Jed54

    Awwwww yes GAY L.A. you do not have to wonder... police have a sea cucumber for a brain..

  • KDS

    LAPD is not your friend, and are not there to serve and protect Americans or this behavior would not be happening. They know better than that. Shame on the LAPD.

  • USA Retired

    Bunch of asinine idiots!

  • Native

    Well this useless information is just so nice to know, however, I don't think any mass killings have been done with rocket launchers recently. I agree that something needs to be done with all of illegal automatic weapons out on the streets, but know the police/sheriff departments across the country have to keep up with the criminal's weapons. But this entire gun issue is using the guise of school shoots to collect law abiding gun owner's guns. This has never been about gun control, but rather CONTROL by the government; they want to make sure we can't shoot back.

    • BigUgly666

      " I agree that something needs to be done with all of illegal automatic weapons out on the streets, "

      WHAT "illegal automatic weapons"?
      What "automatic" weapons PERIOD.

  • John Wilch (TSgt, USAF, Ret.)

    What do you expect from the Socialist State of California: They want total control of their people (They want slaves not citizens.). As the saying goes: "An unarmed person is a slave; whereas an armed person is a citizen." and I for one am not a slave.

    US COMBAT VETERAN: Vietnam: '68 - '69; Door gunner, 1st Cavalry Division (AM).

  • BigUgly666

    " Or did some guy actually turn in the worthless pieces of plastic without
    the police chief knowing that they were defunct in exchange for $100 in
    taxpayer money? "

    What are these, $20 at the surplus store? Nice trade ... $20 used plastic tube for a $100 gift card at Walmart .... said Walmart that sells ammo ..... Great Deal, $20 used plastic tube for $100 in fresh new ammo.
    God, I Love America.

  • Jim Buscemi

    Once again I have to point of the fact that not ONE Gun Control Law has prevented anyone's death and certainly not any massacres, however they have provided unfettered Target Rich Zones( Gun Free Zones) for the criminals to go to to commit their massacres as they KNOW there will be no armed person in those zones who can stop them much before killing many. Then, knowing this, what would be their agenda to disarm the American people..there is only one, To Subject us to TYRANNY. Lets face it, those that scream the loudest about GUN CONTROL have hired guns to protect them and their families.

  • Richard_B

    "Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading." –Thomas Jefferson

  • Richard_B

    Go to for some gun related cartoons.

  • Silas Longshot

    Well, you see, CA libs are just that stupid to think that somebody was running around with loose rocket launchers. Maybe they fell off the prop truck of the latest hyper-violent Hollywood movie, typically staring a 'gun hating lib' in the leading role, killing 'bad guys' every 30 seconds of a 2 hour movie.

  • hongryhawg

    What better audience for their scare tactics than Los Angeles and Hollywood? Those people will believe ANYTHING.

  • igotacomment

    "“It is, quite literally, a long, green fiberglass tube that does nothing….The turn-in of these expended rockets is the equivalent of me picking up empty shell casings that have been fired, and maybe even the ammunition box they came in, and turning it in for a free gift card.”
    And how much did the LAPD pay someone for this 'long, green, fiberglass tube. LMAO.

    Now a real reason the have protective weapons is after an EMP attack.
    "Al Price · ETSUSeveral potential adversaries have or can acquire the capability to attack the United States with a high-altitude nuclear weapon-generated electromagnetic pulse (EMP). A determined adversary can achieve an EMP attack capability without having a high level of sophistication.
    EMP is one of a small number of threats that can hold our society at risk of catastrophic consequences. EMP will cover the wide geographic region within line of sight to the nuclear weapon. It has the capability to produce significant damage to critical infrastructures and thus to the very fabric of US society, as well as to the ability of the United States and Western nations to project influence and military power.
    The common element that can produce such an impact from EMP is primarily electronics, so pervasive in all aspects of our society and military, coupled through critical infrastructures. Our vulnerability is increasing daily as our use of and dependence on electronics continues to grow. The impact of EMP is asymmetric in relation to potential protagonists who are not as dependent on modern electronics.
    The current vulnerability of our critical infrastructures can both invite and reward attack if not corrected. Correction is feasible and well within the Nation's means and resources to accomplish."

  • gypsy314

    If our leaders do there job Americans will not have to fight a civil war. Both party's give Obama pass on the going around congress. Sooner or later Americans will say enough and march on the capitol and demand they all resign now.

  • Independent Tom

    Liberals believe women should enjoy being raped, it is 'free' and 'unscheduled' sex that doesn't count as adultery and that women who become pregnant as a result of rape should be thankful.

  • edodaniel

    Our founding fathers would be amazed at the unconstitutional lengths government officials are willing to go to subvert the intent of the founders who felt that every citizen should be armed at least as well as any soldier whether foreign or domestic.

    Tench Coxe, of Pennsylvania was right to the point when he said "Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American . . . . The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." -- The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788

    Richard Henry Lee, of Virginia said "As to the protection of our own frontiers, it would seem best to leave it to the people themselves, as hath ever been the case, and if at any time the frontier men should be too hard pressed, they may be assisted by the midland militia. This will always secure to us a hardy set of men on the frontiers, used to arms, and ready to assist against invasions on other parts. Whereas, if they are protected by regulars, security will necessarily produce inattention to arms, and the whole of our people becoming disused to War, render the Curse of a standing army Necessary. In this light the Indians may be considered as a useful people, as it is surely fortunate for a free community to be under some necessity of keeping the whole body acquainted with the use of Arms." The Letters of Richard Henry Lee - Richard Henry Lee to James Monroe 5 Jan. 1784 Letters 2:287--88

    Zacharia Johnson of Virginia Ratification Convention had this to say as a requirement for ratification - "[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them." --Zacharia Johnson, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

    George Mason, of Virginia even warned about what Obama and the liberals want most when he reminded others at the convention about the advice to the English King about the best way to enslave citizens - "An instance within the memory of some of this house will show us how our militia may be destroyed. Forty years ago, when the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia..". . . I ask, who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers." -- Virginia`s U.S. Constitution ratification convention, 1788

  • Wayne Graff

    If I saw that on TV that would make me want to buy larger guns for protection from idiots with that kind of firepower.

  • MalikTous

    One song: Canned Heat's 'Sic 'Em Pigs'. The song that advertised 'LA Police Department is looking for volunteers. If you are big, strong, and stupid, we may have a position for you!' and gave out a legitimate LAPD phone number! Now it's prophecy...

  • Texas Tanker

    Until the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934, American citizens could legally purchase and possess such waepons as the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) and the Thompson Submachine gun. Both of these were weapons found in the U.S. Military. The use of these weapons by criminals such as John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, Baby-Face Nelson, and Al Capone led to the knee-jerk Progressive response of the NFA. Before that, the only impediment to owning an automatic weapon was the price of the piece and the bullets to feed it.
    I guarantee you that those poor Korean shop owners who defended their property from mobs of looters during the LA riots wished they had some full-auto fire power! When the bad guys vastly out-number you, event and AR-15 with a bunch of 30-round magazines will only do so much good. You need something that can lay down grazing fire with a sizeable beaten zone. The BAR was good for that with it's .30-06 rounds. The M249 SAW with-200 round battle packs is pretty good. Belt-fed is always better - especially in 7.62 NATO or .50 BMG.
    FDR and the Progressives back in the 1930's started this mess. They began to infringe on the rights of the people to keep and bear arms at that time. All in the name of public safety and for the public good. Up to that time, the citizenry had access to the same small arms as the military and ALWAYS HAD. Since then, the military has gained an edge on the citizenry in the small arms arena.

  • StarDust Dolittle

    Obeying the law is hard on our government. they are crooks and do not want us having guns. They need guns cause they are afraid someone will take them down, well l am afraid som Black hoods or muslim hoods will harm me, so l have as much right to protect my self any way l see fit.

  • Dan

    Defunked ... LMAO.. The cartels will sell them RPGs .LAPD has hot rockets and more..