90 guns collected during buyback events

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Daytona Beach Police Department spokesman Jimmie Flynt reported that 32 guns were collected Aug. 22 at the John H. Dickerson Center as part of the annual “Kicks for Guns” program.

Daytona Beach Police Officer Monica Lee inspects one of 32 guns turned in at the Dickerson Center during DBPD’s annual gun buyback on Aug. 22.(DUANE FERNANDEZ, SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

Daytona Beach Police Officer Monica Lee inspects one of 32 guns turned in at the Dickerson Center during DBPD’s annual gun buyback on Aug. 22.
(DUANE FERNANDEZ, SR./HARDNOTTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

On the same day at the Volusia County Fairgrounds on State Road 44, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office collected a total of 58 guns for gift certificates.

This was the second time this year that local officers offered gift cards for guns with no questions asked.

Guns destroyed
The last gun buyback in Daytona Beach took place at Hope Fellowship in May during a March Against Madness event organized by the church’s pastor, Bishop Derrick Triplett. DBPD Police Chief Mike Chitwood said 19 guns were collected.

This is Daytona Beach Police Department’s fifth year of participation in “Kicks for Guns,” an annual program throughout Central Florida where residents can safely dispose of their unwanted firearms in exchange for a gift card, with a value of up to $50, to local businesses including restaurants and retail stores.

Following the event, all surrendered guns were destroyed.

The Kicks for Guns program originated 15 years ago by an Orlando area radio host who was concerned about youths getting robbed for their brand-name sneakers.

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