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The Money Shot Last Monday afternoon, District residents eagerly lined up to participate in “Operation Gun Tip,” a gun-buyback program that awards $100 in cold, hard cash for every working firearm turned over to police—no questions asked. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officials touted the guns-for-cash exchange as an effective way to reduce violence. But not everyone showed up strictly in the interest of public safety. At the 3rd District station, a Mount Pleasant resident who handed over a Smith & Wesson planned to use the cash to purchase a cappuccino machine. And some of the dubious exchanges didn’t even involve District weapons: Gary Jeter, who had schlepped all the way from Alexandria with a .22-caliber handgun, had come to make a $55 profit on his initial $45 purchase. “It’s a gun of very little value to me,” explained Jeter, a National Rifle Association member and former MPD officer. “I thought it was going to be an easy way to make $100.” When the officer handed him his crisp $100 bill, Jeter smiled and chirped, “Ka-ching!”