Manatee County Goodwill Donation – Grenade Launcher

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Manatee County, Florida – Manetee County Goodwill employees found what the media is describing as a loaded grenade launcher in their donations this last weekend. That’s loaded with a live round, or so the media narrative went. The Goodwill store in Bradenton, Florida, sent it on to the Manasota Bargain Barn Goodwill because they didn’t know what it was.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reported that on Sunday they were called to the Goodwill Manasota Bargain Barn after an employee discovered a grenade launcher in the donation box. The item came in with a shipment of donations from a store on Cortez Road in Bradenton, and then dumped in a donation shipment and sent to the Bargain Barn on January 25. The employees in Bradenton didn’t know what it was, so just sent it on.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s office stated that they determined that it fired a projectile, so disposed of the live grenade in a Hazmat locker, and placed the launcher in their property room. No one knows who donated it at this point.

The item is an M203 attachment for a rifle with a “splash shell.” The accessory is made to launch stun or gas grenades, according to Tank.

It is legal to own this type of grenade launcher if the launcher does not send out military style projectiles. Flares and smoke grenades are common rounds used in most.  The regulations for grenade launchers, depending on their classification as a
destructive device, are found under the National Firearms Act, and purchasing live grenades is expensive and has further regulations, according to several firearms blogs we reviewed.

Goodwill stores receive donations of all sorts during the year, everything from hand grenades to ammunition. They’ve even received teeth. Hopefully those weren’t explosive.

The photo on this media is misleading:

News video:

Here is a twitter user who at least tried to identify it:

Featured photo via Manatee County Sheriff’s Office

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