Guy claims to score $21,000 by turning in 3D-printed guns at NY buyback event

A man in New York didn’t exactly print money, but what he did was pretty darn close.

During a gun buyback event in Utica in August, a gentleman by the name of “Kem” claims that he pulled in $21,000 in gift cards by simply using the 3D printer he had received for Christmas.

Upon hearing about the event and seeing other people joke about printing firearm parts to turn in, “Kem” got to work and did just that.

“I 3D-printed a bunch of lower receivers and frames for different kinds of firearms,” he explained to WKTV.

Once he was finished, he loaded them all up in a tote and drove the 6 hours to Utica to get himself a deal.

“And he sees the tote and says, ‘how many firearms do you have?’ And I said, ‘110,’” “Kem” recalled.

The man reportedly spent the rest of the day haggling with the Attorney General’s Office, which eventually led to him receiving 42 $500 gift cards.

“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. $21,000 in $500 gift cards,” the man said.

When WKTV contacted the New York Attorney General’s Office to ask whether they were aware that they were getting messed around with by people like “Kem,” the staff did not immediately answer. Instead, they bragged about the success of the event and how it is going to help keep families safe.

For his part, “Kem” laughed about the whole situation.

“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,” he chuckled. “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.”

On Wednesday, the Attorney General’s Office issued a statement that called “Kem” “greedy” and maintained that the project was still a success and that they have “adjusted” their policies to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“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.”


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