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Campaign hopes to curb gun thefts in Orange County

Nearly 500 guns stolen from homes, businesses or cars in 2014

Local 6 News at Noon
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ORLANDO, Fla. – Law enforcement officials in Orange County announced a campaign Monday to address what they're calling a growing issue of stolen guns getting into the hands of criminals.

"We are begging, pleading for responsible gun owners to lockup (and) safely secure their firearms," said Orlando Police Chief John Mina.

Orange County sheriff's deputies said 499 guns were stolen in 2014 from either a home, business or vehicle.  That number is up three percent from 2013, according to deputies.

"We can do better," said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.  "We're here to advocate for responsible ownership."

Deputies said the campaign will include public service announcements, billboards, flyers, a gun lock giveaway and a gun buy-back event Friday.

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