MPD Offers Up To $1000 Reward if You Tip Them to an Illegal Gun

From MPD:

Give a Tip. Get Paid.
Your tip is completely anonymous — and you will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Call (202) 727-9099 if you know someone who has a gun or you know where illegal guns are being hidden in your community.

You’ll be doing the right thing and helping to take another gun off the street.

How It Works
Providing a gun tip anonymously is easy and safe. The tipline is open 24 hours a day. Note the following guidelines:

Calls to the anonymous Firearm Tip Line will be checked for veracity prior to rewards being paid.
Callers do not need to identify themselves to be eligible to receive a reward.
The process is absolutely anonymous — calls can not be traced to identify the source of the call.
Rewards are paid for tips that result in a firearm recovery and/or arrest. Reward amount varies depending on the number and type of firearm(s) recovered and whether any arrests are made as a result of the tip, not to exceed $1,000.
Tips are assigned a unique AMS Tip Number. To receive payment, callers must retain this number. After seven days, callers may contact the Public Information Office at (202) 727-4383 to check on the status of the tip. If the tip has been deemed reliable, PIO staff will provide additional instructions.
Payment will be made through a single-use debit card through the DC Office of Finance and Treasury. Instructions on how to obtain the debit card will be provided at the time a tip is verified and payment is approved.
No identification necessary.

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  • How would this work? Let’s say you call the number and say such and such has an illegal gun and he lives at this address. And how do I know that? Well… I was at his house this morning and he personally showed me the gun and said that he bought it from someone on the street. How do the police decide whether to search the house or not? Otherwise you could call the cops on just about anybody you don’t like.

    • Presumably the tip would lead to an investigation that would follow standard protocols. It seems unlikely to me that a judge would issue a search warrant based on an anonymous tip alone.

    • “Otherwise you could call the cops on just about anybody you don’t like.”

      This actually happened to a friend of mine. A vindictive ex-girlfriend called the police and told them he had an illegal weapon (he did not). He was arrested and his apartment was ransacked, and he lost his job because he was stuck in jail and couldn’t make it to work that day. Not a good system!

  • I just bought an illegal gun, and I called a tip on myself! If all goes according to plan I’ll make a cool $500.

    what is the punishment for having an illegal gun?

    • Pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 7-2507.06, any person who violates certain provisions of Firearms Control Regulations Act, as amended, shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than $1,000 or be imprisoned for not more than one year, or both, except that:

      A person who knowingly or intentionally sells, transfers, or distributes a firearm, destructive device, or ammunition to a person under 18 years of age shall be fined not more than $ 10,000 or imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both.

      (A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph, any person who is convicted a second time for possessing an unregistered firearm shall be fined not more than $ 5,000 or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

      (B) A person who in the person’s dwelling place, place of business, or on other land possessed by the person, possesses a pistol, or firearm that could otherwise be registered, shall be fined not more than $ 1,000 or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.

      A person convicted of knowingly possessing restricted pistol bullets in violation of § 7-2506.01(3) may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 10 years and shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a mandatory-minimum term of not less than 1 year and shall not be released from prison or granted probation or suspension of sentence prior to serving the mandatory-minimum sentence, and, in addition, may be fined an amount not to exceed $ 10,000.
      Additional penalties may apply.

  • I could easily see this leading to problems with people calling on others they “don’t like” or just want to hassle. I could also see this being used as an excuse for the police to harass law-abiding gun owners especially when the “tipster” had no idea the person had the right to own the gun in the first place. Finally, I could definitely see someone trying to game the system to collect on the reward.

  • How much do guns cost? Because I’d be happy to stash one in my crackhead neighbor’s yard and then report it.

  • How about a tip I we report a loaded teen ready to break a jaw? Seems like that is almost worse around here than all the gun related homicides and crimes.

  • This sounds like a great opportunity for a part-time gig. Just need to take a minute or two to work out the cost-benefit analysis.

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