Miami Police Covering Up Details of Gun Buyback for Ukraine

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U.S.A.-( By most accounts, the Miami Police Department’s highly touted GUNS 4 UKRAINE gun buyback was an epic failure. The event, which was held June 18th at city hall and involved more than 40 on-duty police officers, yielded only a dozen or so rusty guns.

A Similar buyback held Saturday by Tampa Police produced more than 1,000 firearms.

During the event, Miami Police tried their best to cover up their failure. They still are.

When it became obvious things were starting to fizzle, police pushed onlookers back from the site where the buyback was taking place a total of eight times, until they were more than 150 yards away.

The department even used vehicles and bicycle cops to block the public from seeing what was or what wasn’t going on.

Our reporter estimated Miami officers “bought back” about 12-15 firearms. Most were cheap handguns or ancient single-shot or bolt-action shotguns and rifles. There were a few homemade firearms too, but no modern sporting rifles were seen – certainly nothing battleworthy enough to ship to Ukraine as city officials had promised the public.

Miami Police Chief Manuel A. Morales later claimed his officers bought back 68 firearms, and a video published on the department’s Facebook page shows ARs, AKs, an M1 carbine and even a 9mm Israeli Uzi sub-machinegun.

While it is easy to understand how some Miami officers would sprinkle a few extra guns from the property room onto the media table so the department leadership wouldn’t look like total imbeciles, it is highly unlikely officers would falsify official documents just to bail out the brass.

Falsifying property receipts or any other official paperwork is a crime, even in Miami.

Therefore, for our coverage, we chose to rely not on Facebook videos, but on official police documents generated during the event.

One week ago, we sent the department an official public records request seeking copies of “all documents that contain a description of the firearms recovered Saturday at the GUNS 4 UKRAINE gun buyback.”

Unlike the federal government’s tedious and lengthy Freedom of Information Act, Florida’s open records laws have teeth.

Government agencies have to comply in a reasonable amount of time, not the months or years that a federal FOIA request can take. Florida’s Public officials know they can be removed from office and even prosecuted if they screw around with the public’s right to know.

As of today, Miami Police have not responded to our request. This morning we sent a follow-up:

Dear Sir or Madam,

One week ago, I emailed a public records request seeking copies “of all documents that contain a description of the firearms recovered Saturday at the GUNS 4 UKRAINE gun buyback.”

Other than an email acknowledging receipt of the public records request, I have received no response to my request.

Therefore, if I do not receive a response by close of business today, I will be forced to take appropriate actions.

However, I sincerely hope you are good stewards of your residents’ taxpayer dollars and will comply with state law.

You are a law enforcement agency, after all.

Thanks in advance for your consideration of this request.

The department’s Public Records Center acknowledged receipt of the follow-up email, but they tried to date the request for today, not June 20 when the original records request was sent.

“The Miami Police Department acknowledges the below public records request dated 6/27/2022. The City of Miami will make a reasonable effort to determine from other officers or employees within the City whether such records exist and, if so, the location at which the record can be accessed or copied or if any exemptions apply. You will be notified accordingly.”

This is not an uncommon tactic when a government agency needs more time because it has something to hide.

“This request is a week old. It was sent on 6/20, not 6/27. I expect this to be clarified,” we replied.

Shipping guns to Ukraine illegal 

In what amounts to a classic bait and switch, Miami city officials told the public that the guns “bought back” by police would be sent to the Ukrainian army for use in their war against the Russian military.

However, shipping firearms to a foreign country without proper export license violates federal law, specifically the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, known as ITAR, and in a written statement provided as a response to this series, Miami officials have admitted they do not have any export paperwork.

Shipping guns to the Ukraine also violates Florida Statute 790.08, which regulates what police can do with firearms or other weapons that come under their control.

Basically, they can use the weapons, loan them to another law enforcement agency, destroy them or sell them, but the statute requires them to deposit all money raised from the sale into the state treasury earmarked for the benefit of the State School Fund.

The statute does not allow them to ship the arms to a foreign military.

We will continue to pursue this series and will publish any additional responses we receive.

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About Lee Williams

Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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Gun buy back programs in the US have been largely a dismal failure on many data points, The nation isn’t divided as is purportedly propagandized. ‘’American culture is deeply steeped in Gun culture from years of reinforcing the American independence spirit from England’s Overlord’s of Rule regardless of how many times the Masonic Marxist communist’s say it isn’t so. Police – LEA’S only continue to hurt they’re own credibility & reputations within the community regarding trust with Americans, Masonic Fraternal Order of Police did it to themselves. Too many poorly executed False Flags. Being part of a big lie is… Read more »


Huh. That’s surprising. Just an isolated incident, like the California enforcers who did everything they could to cover for Paul Pelosi. They lied, they were non-responsive to information requests, they gave Paul preferential treatment, etc., etc. The 90 out of 91 enforcers in Uvalde who lied, lied, lied about what happened are also just a few bad apples. They got away with it for a couple days and basked in the unwarranted glory of “they do what they do” and “they run TO the sound of gunfire” and “they are heroes who keep us safe.” Just a few bad apples… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by JSNMGC

the tree is rotten to the core so all the apples are tainted


It’s interesting to watch people wake up. There has been video evidence available for decades to anyone who wants to watch it and still people insisted “it’s just a few bad apples.” Even funnier is when they state, “there are many millions of police interactions with ‘civilians’ every year, this is a small percentage.” So, an enforcer has 99 interactions with “civilians” in a month (setting out traffic cones, writing tickets for failure to come to a complete stop, enforcing mask mandates, hanging out at the diner talking about fishing, etc.) and then beats just one elderly lady with dementia… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by JSNMGC

shoots a mental health counselor who is trying to calm an autistic child
has been bad for ever now without moral compass of religion and family yea police have become enforcers for a mob

Last edited 1 month ago by swmft

The Tree of Liberty coined concept got usurped by the Masonic PTB that run the circus. The Holy See always felt if they couldn’t get the consent to take the guns they could get a civil war to have enough Americans shed war on other Americans. Divide & conquer doctrine since Roman Empire of the two brother’s Rebus & Remus were raised by Wolves as a metaphor axiom tenet of survival. At some flashpoint point soon rapidly approaching as more wake up & the stories continue to not add up & make sense Americans will connect the dots to the… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Tank

“Back the Blue.”
Yeah, right. Just a bunch of lying, doughnut eating, beer guzzling, wife beating, Cowards!!!

Big George

I’d be curious to see if Gov. DeSantis comments on this!


Police, involved in a cover up in the same sentence? Say it aint so jo. And we are supposed to trust the people that lie to us. Right. I am losing respect for law enforcement and government more and more on a daily basis. I will always treat them with respect until they show they don’t deserve it but I will trust them less if not at all anymore.

It’s a sad state of affairs when the people that are supposed to be of excellent moral character are corrupt.

Boris Badenov

The non-junk firearms in the FB photo weren’t from ‘buybacks’ they were from officers collections from firearms that didn’t quite make it to the property room.


Laws don’t apply to libs in lib-tard land.




Or the well connected like hunter, clinton and Alec Baldwin.


“These aren’t the Droids you’re looking for. You can move along.”
typical stall from the Blue BS artist’s!


Anyone understanding of Miami today would already know, the City/County Govt. is corrupt as any Democrat sewer in the country. A lot changed since 1970 to give a start date. The people of the original Miami citizens are long gone. Miami is very much like the ‘Banana Republics’ since so many now are the vast majority from Banana Republics where corruption is seen as a virtue.


you dont say, puedes habla la lingua de Miami si o no? why do you think all the people that could left ,after marial the crime rate exploded (thank you jimmy peanut brain) police departments went from 600 officers to over 2000 over night with many of those being criminals, worked out of field office in what is now doral the structure of the police departments is still the remains of the crooks that moved in and when the center is rotten nothing but a shell at best, there are one or two small departments formed in new cities in… Read more »


if you really want to know how bad it got even the mafia moved out of miami

Last edited 1 month ago by swmft

city of miami always had slimy police force dont know how they are accreted


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