Updated by: Natalie Rubino
August 12, 2014 12pm
Call it a community effort. The North Florida Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) is partnering with the Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies to keep guns unloaded and off the streets.
The group will host two gun buybacks this weekend. The first will be held on Friday at Thomasville Road Baptist Church from 6pm to 8pm.
The second will be held Saturday at Bethel AME Church on West Orange Avenue from 1pm-3:30pm. Folks who return guns will be given a $25 gift card for small guns and a $50 gift card for larger guns.
"If it's a firearm that's not being used, that people are not trained to use and are not comfortable with that weapon being in the home, allow us to be that outlet to get that weapon out of your home. So it's not accidentally used, accidentally discharged, or stolen and put into the hands of people who have ill intent" David Perry, President of NOBLE said.
Full amnesty will also be given to the returners of stolen or illegal guns.
"Anything we can do to get gun violence off the streets and have people turn them in responsibly and in a safe way-- that will help things. One less gun on the streets makes it safer for everybody,"
Michael DeLeo, Tallahassee Police Chief said.
Chief DeLeo acknowledges that it's not going to solve all of Tallahassee's crime problems but it's a step in the right direction.
Law enforcement officials will be on site at the events to safely collect and unload the guns.
If you don't have transportation to the event call the Tallahassee Police Department at 850-891-4200 to have an officer pick up the gun from your home.
News Release: TPD
August 7, 2014
The North Florida Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) will host its third Gun Buyback Program in an effort to reduce gun violence in Tallahassee. The goal of this program is to take guns off the streets and thereby reduce homicides, shootings, robberies and other gun-related incidents. This community initiative is made possible through partnerships with local law enforcement agencies, i.e. Florida A & M University and Florida State University Police Departments, Leon County Sheriff Department and Tallahassee Police Department, local businesses, and private donors.
NOBLE’s Vice President Tonja Bryant-Smith said, “Our cooperative campaign is intended to silence the gun violence in our city. We are sending a loud message to violent criminals that our streets will not be overridden by crime. We are encouraging our youth to reject a life of crime, violence, and gang participation and embrace a life of personal responsibility, hope, and peace.”
The two Gun Buybacks scheduled for this year’s initiative will held on:
Friday, August 15, 6:00-8:30pm at Thomasville Road Baptist Church, 3131 Thomasville Road and Saturday, August 16, 1:00-3:30pm at Bethel AME Church, 501 West Orange Avenue.
During these events, amnesty will be offered to persons turning in a firearm. In exchange for handguns, rifles and shotguns, citizens will receive a gift card valued at $25 up to $50. All firearms seized will be checked by law enforcement. Any firearm determined to be stolen will be returned to the owner; all others will be destroyed.
It is not too late for local businesses, churches, and citizens to donate funds to help off-set the cost of purchasing gift cards for guns turned in. All funds not expended during the Gun Buyback will be used for the NOBLE Scholarship Program.
Citizens attending the gun buyback should follow these guidelines:
1. All firearms should be unloaded, (if you have experience and can do so safely), placed in a gun case or bag, and transported in the trunk or a non-accessible area of the vehicle. If you are not able to unload the firearm, trained weapons experts will be on hand to make the weapons safe.
2. Upon arrival at the buyback site, participants should remain inside of their vehicle during the weapon exchange. An assigned officer will retrieve the weapon.
3. If you do not have transportation to the event, call the Tallahassee Police Department at 891-4200 and request an officer to come to your home and retrieve the weapon. The officer will ensure that you receive a gift card.
If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact the North Florida Chapter of NOBLE’s Vice President Tonja Bryant-Smith at (850) 528-7037 or Secretary Meschelle Pittman at (850) 251-7562.