A man who identified himself only as “Kem” reportedly made $21,000 in $500 gift cards at a gun buyback program the New York State Attorney General’s Office held at the Utica Police Department.
He allegedly saw people tweeting about using 3D printers to make guns for the sole purpose of selling them for big bucks at gun buyback programs.
Kem got to work on a $200 3D printer he got for Christmas, according to NEWSChannel 2.
“I 3D-printed a bunch of lower receivers and frames for different kinds of firearms,” said Kem.
Afterward, he drove to Utica.
“And he sees the tote and says, ‘how many firearms do you have?’ And I said, ‘110,’” said Kem.
Someone finessed a “gun buyback” event in New York out of $21,000 by making 110 3D printed lowers and turning them in 💀🤣
Not all heroes wear capes… pic.twitter.com/ajhyAfa74K
— AllegianceToLiberty (@AllegianceTL) October 4, 2022
At a gun buyback event held in Utica, NY, one man allegedly walked away with thousands of dollars after turning in over 100 guns he made using his 3D printer.https://t.co/31c1dz3bQ3
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 2, 2022
NEWSChannel 2 reported:
This began a haggling and negotiating session with Attorney General’s Office staff that lasted all day long.
“And it ended with the guy and a lady from the budget office finally coming around with the 42 gift cards and counting them in front of me,” said Kem. “$21,000 in $500 gift cards.”
A few weeks ago, NEWSChannel 2 contacted the state Attorney General’s Office, asking if they knew this might be happening. They didn’t answer the question, responding only that the Utica gun buyback was a big success and that the program, in general, keeps New York families safe.
“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,” laughed Kem. “Gun buybacks are a fantastic way of showing, number one, that your policies don’t work, and, number 2, you’re creating perverse demand. You’re causing people to show up to these events, and, they don’t actually reduce crime whatsoever.”
A statement sent from a spokesperson at the Attorney General’s Office said:
“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 Post Millennial added:
According to James’ office, the August 27 buyback event “resulted in the collection of 296 guns, including 177 ghost guns, 42 long guns, 41 handguns, 33 non-working guns, and 3 assault rifles.”
Ghost guns are firearms that are unregistered and unregulated, often built by users themselves. Kem’s 3D-printed weapons would fit into this category.
Since 2019, James’ program has resulted in the buyback of 3,500 guns, and she has no intention of stopping any time soon.