Miami police handed over confiscated weapons to Ukraine
Small arms confiscated in the USA were delivered from Florida to Ukraine.
People’s Deputy of Ukraine Marian Zablotsky said that this is the first such case of handing over confiscated weapons.
101 units of the first batch have already been delivered to Kyiv.
“A gift from the police of the city of Miami, which was the first to decide on such a step. A wonderful donor donated 148,000 cartridges to her,” Marian Zablotsky said.
The deputy also noted that all weapons are semi-automatic. Presumably, it will be armed with units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
In the summer of 2022, Ukrainian diplomats began working on the transfer of confiscated American weapons to Ukraine.
The city of Miami was the first to support the idea of transferring surplus civilian weapons to Ukraine, as well as weapons confiscated in the United States.
According to Marian Zablotsky, before the start of the full-scale war, there were 600,000 armed people in Ukraine – this is less than 2% of the more than 30 million adult population at that time.
There are more than 800 million guns owned by U.S. citizens for a population of 300 million, and every year Americans buy 20 million guns. There are 53,000 gun shops in the country.
“Actually, the idea arose to ask US citizens for their surplus weapons, because many simply have dozens of them. Many of them are ready to share surplus weapons – transfer them here. There are also a lot of confiscated weapons,” the deputy said.
In the U.S., more than 100,000 weapons are confiscated and destroyed every year. This is what taxpayers’ money is spent on.
As previously reported, in June 2022, on the initiative of Miami Police Commissioner Ken Russell, the city held a campaign to buy back weapons called “Guns 4 Ukraine“. Those willing to hand in unnecessary weapons were offered a monetary reward ranging from $50 to $200 per unit. The Miami police added confiscated pistols and submachine guns to the ones they bought.
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