Man Makes $21,000 Bringing 3D-printed Guns To New York Gun Buyback Event https://t.co/X8pTw1QRyn
— Newsradio WTAM 1100 (@wtam1100) October 4, 2022
From the article in the Tweet:
The man, only identified as Kem, told WKTV that he used a $200 3D printer to print the lower receivers and drove over 6 hours to sell them back to the police.
When Kem arrived, he told officers he had 110 lower receivers to turn in and had to negotiate a price for the homemade parts, which are considered a firearm by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Eventually, officials agreed to give him $21,000 in gift cards.
A spokesperson for New York Attorney General Letitia James blasted Kem for taking advantage of the gun buyback event, which was sponsored by her office.
“It’s shameful that this individual exploited a program that has successfully taken thousands of guns off the streets to protect our communities from gun violence. We have partnered with local police throughout the state to recover more than 3,500 guns, and one individual’s greedy behavior won’t tarnish our work to promote public safety. We have adjusted our policies to ensure that no one can exploit this program again for personal gain,” the statement said.
“I’m sure handing over $21,000 in gift cards to some punk kid after getting a bunch of plastic junk was a rousing success,” Kem said. “Gun buybacks are a fantastic way of showing, number one, that your policies don’t work, and, number two, you’re creating perverse demand. You’re causing people to show up to these events, and they don’t actually reduce crime whatsoever.”
I see a lot of people going all “yassss queen” for this guy.
I understand the sentiment, but he fucked over New York for $21,000.
Do you honestly think they will let him get away with that.
I can guarantee that the AG’s office is figuring out what to charge him with.
Remember, NY has one of the strongest ghost gun bans in the country, so if he didn’t serialize them, that’s 110 ghost guns.
If he did, I could see him being charged for manufacturing without a license.
The state won’t take it on the chin and let themselves be embarrassed by a guy with a 3D printer.