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15-year-old arrested in Calif. with military issue rocket launcher

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, September 15, 2011 11:37 EDT
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An unnamed 15-year-old was arrested in Novato, California this week after police discovered a U.S. military issue rocket launcher commonly used during the worst of the fighting in Iraq. Officers discovered the weapon during a routine traffic stop.

The teen’s classmates from San Marin high school told CBS News in San Francisco that the boy’s older sibling had served in combat, and some speculated that he may have brought the weapon home with him. The rocket launcher was not loaded.

Update: A reader brought it to our attention that the AT4 rocket launcher cannot be reloaded after it is fired, as they’re designed for one-time use only. Possessing the spent tube is not illegal and they’re occasionally sold on eBay.

This video is from CBS San Francisco, broadcast Sept. 13, 2011.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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