Central Florida agencies participate in Kicks for Guns program

Gift cards given to people turning in unwanted guns

By Candace Campos - Meteorologist

ORLANDO, Fla. - More than 500 guns were collected on Thursday by multiple law enforcement agencies in Central Florida in Kicks for Guns, an annual program that exchanges weapons for gift cards.

[SLIDESHOW: Guns traded in]

Among the agencies participating this year include the Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff's Office, Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Daytona Beach Police Department, Clermont Police Department, Ocoee Police Department, Palm Bay Police Department and Titusville Police Department. Crimeline and Real Radio will also participate in the event.

Along with the firearms, some unusual weapons that were turned in included a grenade in Titusville, sword and 80 pounds of gunpowder in Winter.

"There are two stolen guns that showed up in Ocoee today," said Barb Bergin, executive director of Crimeline. "One was stolen in 08 from Sanford and another was stolen out of California."

The Kicks for Guns program encourages people to turn in unwanted guns to law enforcement no questions asked for a $50 gift card, authorities said.

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office will hold its Gas for Guns program Thursday, which exchanges guns for $50 gas cards.

Hours, locations and instructions may vary. Agencies are asking that the weapons be unloaded and safely secured.

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