Newport buyback refuse to accept ‘Hello Kitty’ improvised pipe shotgun

A recent ‘gun turn in’ sponsored by Newport Police Department spurred on local gun collectors to make a small profit by turning in unwanted junk firearms and also grabbing up a few bargains themselves. Merely 22 minutes into the four hour event the organizers had expended all available gift cards and resorted to IOUs, obviously helping to draw more people attending to buyers offering fast cash outside. The payout was as follows:
$175 – Assault or assault-like rifle

$125 – Handgun

$75 – Long guns, such as rifles or shotguns

$25 – High capacity magazine

$5 – Pellet or BB guns (Arctic Circle Gift Card)
As reported by an attendee via

“I picked up 5 weapons including a Model 11 Remington SemiAuto 12 gauge from 1926, a Mossberg bolt action 20 gauge from 1947-1950 (with no factory SerNo as they weren’t required back then an Mossberg didn’t do it), AND a pre 1900 12 gauge breech action with Damascus barrel……AND……. a couple of 22 pistols. One pistol is like NIB with serial numbers of box, barrel, cylinder, and frame all matching plus the original manual.
Unfortunately, Newport’s police officer that checked my turn in weapons declared that my “Hello Kitty” shotgun was “not a functioning firearm” and that “it was made as a joke”. I assured him it was indeed a functioning 12 gauge shotgun and could direct him to video proving that but he didn’t care. Soooooo……… the untraceable, unserialized, no ballistics possible, easily disposed of, firearm was SENT BACK OUT ON THE STREETS while worthless pieces of crap that couldn’t fire, safe modern firearms, and a couple of sweet collectors items, were being bought for the smelter……..such is the intelligence level of the enemy.”


Although extremely basic, the design was produced commercially as the ‘Richardson Guerrilla Gun’ and is certainly not a ‘joke’ but a viable firearm.



On a comical note, it seems Glock & Wesson made an appearance on Chinese television.



  • anon

    I bet that you would have an easier time of it if you shaped a crude stock and added a scary vertical grip

  • John Doe

    You forgot to add a shoulder thing that goes up…

  • YS

    You need to paint the shotgun in tacticool black

  • Tassiebush

    Wonderful work on the Hello Kitty slamfire pipe gun!

  • Martin Grønsdal

    “such is the intelligence level of the enemy.” — didn’t thefirearmblog stoop too low here?

    • M.M.D.C.

      They’re quoting someone, like you just did.

      • the ammo addict

        And even if they weren’t quoting someone, the statement is still spot-on.

  • M.M.D.C.

    “Unfortunately, Newport’s police officer that checked my turn in weapons declared that my “Hello Kitty” shotgun was “not a functioning firearm” and that “it was made as a joke”.

    Sheesh! People are so cynical these days.

  • M

    Wait, were they going to pay 25$ per magazine? Someone with a lot of thermolds = profit?

    • Anon. E Maus

      Buy some cheap-ass ProMag plastic crap, make a profit, then go get yourself some fine PMags.

  • Bal256

    You should at least put in a little bit of effort to make it at least look like a gun.

  • Thomas

    I just want to point out that in the last picture, it says that “American police collects guns. Citizens use toy guns in exchange of money.” Looks like they didn’t get the full story either.

  • Sapper

    Sells crapy 30rounders for 25 bucks, goes out and doubles up on P-mags. Sweet deal.

  • wildbillb

    if the seller/maker had pointed out that the shotgun had a factory BUMP stock for full-auto fire capability they’d have taken that bad little kitty off his hands…

  • Fruitbat44

    Well I personally favour anything that helps keeps guns out of the hands of criminals and looneys, But somehow I doubt this does.
    And as a general observation, where there is a system, no matter what the system, somebody will be working it.
    Hmmm . . . perhaps they wouldn’t touch the ‘Hello Kitty’ shotgun on the grounds of good taste?

    • Laserbait

      The problem is that this type of program just transfers the guns from citizens, right into the hands of criminals and loonies (polititions/government).

      • Andrew

        Anyone who spells politicians “polititions” is most certainly a loonie.

        • noguncontrol

          says you. obamabot.

  • Ted

    Little ambivalent about this. On one hand, it’s clever and even funny, and I agree that gun buybacks are ridiculous. But on the other hand, making a cheap firearm just so the city can buy it back from you for a profit using tax-payer money lacks some integrity.

    • Laserbait

      It’s just a creative way to get a tax return. I’m all for it, no issues with integrity here.

    • Dave The Great

      Rarely do they use tax money. Some do, but most of the time they get a private donor to bankroll it.

      In a tax-deductable way, of course ….

    • Cymond

      There was a story on TFB about a “buy back” that was privately-funded specifically to bypass that state’s law about destroying guns. A “buy back” held with tax funds had restrictions, but a privately-funded “buy back” was free to destroy the guns immediately.

  • dan citizen

    Keep in mind here that most buybacks resell the guns they collect, either as “kits” or whole. I have bought many, many, guns and parts sets that came through buybacks. All to often they do not check to see if the gun is currently listed as stolen prior to reselling it.

    • Dave The Great

      Seriously, you should write an article. That fact you just wrote is unknown to almost all gun collectors, and probably entirely unknown to the outside world. It would be a fascinating read, and probably fun to watch various buyback groups try to explain themselves.

    • Bill

      Really? How did you buy them or are you a dealer? How do you know they haven’t been run through NCIC to check their status as stolen?

      The only way I’ve seen agencies dispose of guns is to literally destroy them, or use them in trade for duty weapons. Both of those require a court order and major documentation, because those guns are invariable logged as evidence or found property and routinely audited, and yes, the ATF gets involved if a police department engages in firearms shenanigans.

      I have never heard of a department selling guns to individuals, with the exception being retiring officers being allowed to buy their issued duty handguns at some, not all departments.

      • dan citizen

        I used to work in LEO training, had and do have friends and family in LE.

        When buybacks started destruction was the norm, then it became less common, and now I think it;s fairly rare. When they are “destroyed” it is just stripping them down and scrapping the frame. Gunbroker has pages and pages of parts sets that originate from buybacks. Most people mistakenly think there is a law that requires their destruction, but hell, many of the buybacks aren’t even technically legal.

        I used to be able to get the inside scoop, purchase a buyback frame, then buy the parts for that same frame off of the auction.

        The whole mess is sloppy, I stopped buying whole guns when I bought a ruger mini 14 that had been turned in, only to find it had a 14.5″ barrel. Fixing that mess blew my profit margin and could have cost a lot more If I had resold it without checking it. A friend bought a Colt Python from a different department and it turned out to be stolen.

        Unless you personally witness weapons being destroyed, and confirm that they are the same that were turned in, they probably were just sold. I attended a gun-melting for the press once and noticed a surprising number of old .32 break top revolvers, but the 1911, the S&W .357, The Remington 30 06 that got turned in? Nowhere to be seen.

  • Don Ward

    Wait. So a police officer was using common sense to thwart some yokel trying to game the system by taping together some random pieces of wood and pipe that they bought at the hardware store?

    Awesome. Good for him.

    I’m no fan of gun buyback programs. But maybe this will stop these insipid “Hurr, hurr, I sold the guv’mint junk” stories.

    Also, I’d advise the Hello Kitty guy not to transfer that piece of pipe…

    • David Sharpe

      This is meant to mock the gun buyback campaign.

  • John Harris

    The gift cards were supplied by the local ceasefire group not by newport pd so it was bloombergs money

  • noguncontrol

    it is a real working shotgun, with no serial number. the cop didnt outsmart anyone except the himself.

  • Dave

    The stock needs to be redone. Ideally a single piece, with a longer forearm and a shaped buttpad so a person could actually aim it. Sand the edges and stain it with a few coats of vegetable oil or something at the end.

    I mean, come on. If you actually want to turn in these types of weapons at a gunback, you have to make it look presentable. With the proliferation of commercially made, reliable and pretty weapons throughout America, there’s less and less need to make a homemade version for any purpose other than curiosity and practice, let alone “buyback” one.

  • Dual sport

    What are the chances…

    You make a zip gun like the ones above, turn it in, and the Feds prosecute you for manufacturing without a license?

    I assure you the pipe gun would be deadly if you can detonate the primer and if the pipe is rated for that pressure, which I don’t believe it is.

  • Bob

    Oh… $25 a high cap mag? I got 16 Tapco mags not too long ago for $5 a piece… Where are these gun buybacks? ;D

  • uisconfruzed

    No safety glasses or gloves?
    That dud’s a ‘tard!