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DeLand, FL 32720
By Joe Crews
posted Aug 24, 2013 - 7:41:28am
Despite getting about a third as many unwanted guns turned in at this year's Kicks 4 Guns program, Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson still is pleased with the results.
"The public's response to this annual event was extremely positive," Johnson said in a prepared release. "This is a grass-roots program that makes us all a little safer."
On Thursday, Aug. 22, 58 weapons were turned in by citizens, significantly fewer than the 157 surrendered last year, according to Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson. Most of the weapons were handguns, but there were also a few rifles and some unusual items, such as a pen gun and a sawed-off shotgun.
One of the handguns had been reported stolen to the DeLand Police Department in 2011, Davidson said.
This was the fourth year the Volusia County Sheriff's Department participated in the Kicks 4 Guns program, joining the Daytona Beach Police Department and more than a dozen other Central Florida agencies.
Residents who turned in weapons to Sheriff's deputies received a $50 Walmart gift card. The cards were purchased with money seized in criminal cases, Davidson said.
It was money well-spent, Sheriff Johnson said.
"That’s 58 unwanted guns that have been taken out of circulation so that they can’t fall into the wrong hands, be used to facilitate a crime or result in an accidental death or injury,” he said.
Another 32 weapons were collected by Daytona Beach cops.
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