Gun Buyback Program takes in 61 Guns

By: Chris Gros; Kevin Clark, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Chris Gros; Kevin Clark, Julie Montanaro Email
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By Julie Montanaro
August 19, 2014

Back to back gun buy backs in Tallahassee have taken 61 guns off the street.

Organizers say they collected 28 guns on Friday and 33 guns on Saturday. They say the guns ranged from small 22 caliber handguns to fully functioning semi-automatic rifles.

None of the guns collected turned out to be stolen.

Tonja Bryant-Smith - with the local chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives - says one man was expecting a baby and wanted to get guns out of his house and another woman wanted to turn her guns in rather than risk burglars stealing them.

"She was like 'I just want them gone because I didn't want someone to come in and use them against me or go use them somewhere else," Bryant-Smith said.

"The biggest impact is they're not going to be used in a crime, because those guns will be destroyed.That's 61 guns off the street," Bryant-Smith said.

She says NOBLE hosts a gun buy back every two years and this is the third one. The first gun buy back brought in 90 guns, she said, and the second brought in 44.


By: Kevin Clark
August 16, 2014

It was smiles all around after local law enforcement wrapped up day two of the gun buyback program.

David Perry, President of NOBLE North Florida Chapter said, "It's going even better than day one. We're just happy to have our citizens and our community to come out and participate in this event to try and make it a safer place."

All guns accepted, no questions asked. Anyone who turned one in received a gift card, based on the size of the gun.

Thirty-three more guns were collected Saturday.

"Just in sheer numbers, we've seen more people. We've had people stop by, and just say thank you," said Perry.

That support officials say, is important. Events like these help create collaboration between law enforcement and the community.

Michael DeLeo, TPD Chief of Police said, "It comes on us to make sure that we create positive interactions, and that they understand we're here to work with each other...and the more that we work together, the better Tallahassee will be."

The two-day total of sixty-one surpasses the number from previous buyback events.


By: Chris Gros
August 15, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Today 28 guns are out Tallahassee and in the hands of law enforcement.

It was the result of the National Black Law Enforcement Executive's gun buy-back program.

"We think that if we can get that one gun off the streets that could be used in the commission of a crime or it could hurt someone accidentally, those are the weapons we want to get out of the household and just take custody of," said FSU Chief of Police and NOBLE North Florida Chapter President Chief David Perry.

Each handgun was worth a $25 gift card and every shotgun or rifle a $50 gift card. The guns were taken in with no questions asked. Each person that dropped off a gun was granted amnesty and simply thanked for helping get one more firearm off the street.

"We don't want to have any excuses for people not to get a gun off the streets we want people to get that gun out of a home or out of a situation where it could be used in the wrong way," said Perry.

"We had two pistols that were my fathers and they've been in drawer forever and we have a new small child so they weren't necessary to be accessible to her anymore, so we're getting rid of them," said Jason Adams of Tallahassee.

Each gun taken in will either be destroyed or if stolen returned to its owner.

There will be another buy-back Saturday August 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the Bethel AME Church on West Orange Avenue.


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