Orange County deputies hold anonymous gun buyback
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Orange County Sheriff's Office held an anonymous gun buyback Friday where anyone turning in a firearm received a gift card.
The gun exchange was held at the Orange Blossom Trail Development Board, located at 2719 South Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.
"I needed to get it out because I'm not using it and I don't' want someone else to have it," said a man turning in a rifle.
Deputies said gun theft is a reason the buyback is held every year. Nearly eighty percent of stolen guns are taken out of cars, according to the sheriff's office.
"That's four out of five cars where weapons are being taken, they're being taken out of unlocked cars," said Major Jeff Stonebreaker.
In 2014, Deputy Scott Pine was killed from a gun that was stolen from an unlocked vehicle. Benjamin Holtermann shot Pine three times before taking his own life, according to deputies.
At the gun buyback, dozens of people showed up early for the day long event. Anyone turning in a gun received a $50 Walmart gift card.
"There are a lot of unneeded guns on the street," said Ron Reed, who handed his 22 caliber rifle. "If people don't want them, then they shouldn't have them."
Deputies said guns reported stolen are returned to their owners. All other guns collected will be destroyed.
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