National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives to Hold Gun Buyback

By: TPD Release; Lanetra Bennett
By: TPD Release; Lanetra Bennett

August 3, 2012 -- Tallahassee, FL

Law enforcement agencies, churches, and other community groups are working together to get guns off the streets. They're holding a gun buyback event to do it.

The gun buyback is tomorrow. Representatives from all local law enforcement agencies and the pastor here at Bethel A.M.E. Church gathered to the make the announcement this morning

The North Florida Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives is partnering with community leaders for the event. It's in response to recent violence in the community. The goal of the gun buy back, they say, is simply to get guns off the streets to make the community safer. Anyone can turn in guns, no questions asked. If the gun or guns are illegal, the person will get amnesty, meaning they will not get in trouble.

The gun buyback is tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be at Bethel A.M.E. Church on Orange Avenue in Tallahassee. Those turning in guns will get a gift card.

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July 26, 2012 -

In response to recent gun violence, the North Florida Chapter of The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) is partnering with area law enforcement agencies, churches, and other community groups to hold a gun buyback on Saturday, August, 4, 2012. “Bury a Gun, Not a Loved One” is designed to make Tallahassee/Leon County safer by taking guns off the streets and sending a message to criminals that violent gun crimes will not be tolerated in our community.

NOBLE, the Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Florida State University Police Department, Florida Agricultural
and Mechanical University Police Department, Bethel AME Church, and other community partners will all take part in the community event to reduce gun crimes in our community.

The event will be held at Bethel AME Church, 501 W. Orange Avenue, from 10AM to 2PM. The goal of this program is to take guns off the streets and thereby reduce homicides, shootings, robberies and other gun related incidents. During this event, amnesty will be offered to persons turning in a firearm. In exchange for handguns, rifles and shotguns, citizens will receive a gift card valued from $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.

NOBLE is still accepting donations to help off-set the cost of purchasing gift cards for the event. Business, churches, community organizations, and citizens are encouraged to donate funds to this worthwhile cause. Citizens attending the gun buyback should follow these guidelines:

1. All firearms should be unloaded, (if you have experience and can do so safely) and placed in a gun case or bag and transported in the trunk of the car or a non-accessible area of a van or pickup truck.

2. Upon arrival at the site, please remain in your vehicle and follow the directions of the NOBLE greeters. A law enforcement officer will remove the firearm from your vehicle and secure it.

3. If you do not have transportation to the event, call the Tallahassee Police Department at 891-4200. A uniformed officer will come to your home, retrieve the weapon, and ensure that you receive your gift card.

For additional information, please contact:
Captain Audrey Smith
850-891-4970
audrey.smith@talgov.com


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