Why else would they take a $50 gift card for a $1000 gun?

Gun buyback:

Local leaders and law enforcement officials are teaming up Friday for a gun buyback program with a special focus on semi-automatic rifles.

Gift Cards for Guns is the latest effort by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and County Commissioner Viviana Janer to get pistols, shotguns and rifles off the street by offering residents a $50 gift card for gas or Walmart when they turn in those weapons.

“I am proud to do my part in making our community safer, by providing a safe, no-questions-asked way for residents to dispose of their unwanted firearms,” Janer said.

Both the Sheriff’s Office and the Kissimmee Police Department have hosted similar events in the past, but this year offers a new incentive.

Individuals who turn in an AR-15 or AR-10 semiautomatic rifles will receive two gift cards instead of one.

Discussions of banning the AR-15 and other assault style weapons gained momentum earlier this year when a shooter used the gun to murder 17 people in Parkland, Fla.

The AR-15 was also the primary weapon used at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a movie theater in Colorado, Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, a church in Texas and the music festival shooting in Las Vegas.

Most recently, Travis Reinking, 29, used an AR-15 style weapon on April 22 to open fire on a Waffle House in Nashville, killing four people.

Guns turned in during the buyback program will be destroyed. Officers will try to give stolen guns back to their rightful owners.

Similar events are held all across Central Florida each year in conjunction with Crimeline, an anonymous crime tip hotline. Friday’s event is a little different because although it mirrors the Crimeline gun buyback events, it is being independently organized by the County Commission using special grant funds.

The anonymous nature of the event means that any resident can drop off any firearm, no questions asked. Deputies will not check identifications of those who participate in the buyback program.

The Walmart and gas gift cards are funded by the Commissioner’s Betterment Grant money.

Those who wish to turn in firearms should place the weapons in a plastic bag, unloaded and safely secured in the trunk of the vehicle. As drivers enter the drop off location, they are asked to remain in their vehicles until deputies remove the guns from the trunk.

This year’s event will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at La Placita Latina Meat and Produce on 519 E. Vine St. in Kissimmee.

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  1. bogsidebunny says:

    All this is gonna do is inspire people to go out and take guns during a burglary. Gift card no questions asked. So an enterprising person could make $200 a day with no chance of being done for the B&Es.

  2. antzinpantz says:

    ….and then there’s that…..

  3. BobF says:

    Some enterprising folks are making their own guns and getting $$$$ at buybacks.

  4. Eskyman says:

    There’s an overwhelming pile of stupidity in this venture.

    Who’s up for turning in your AR-15, minimum cost to buy around $700 for a cheapie, and get two, count ’em, two! $50 gift cards! Wow, what a deal, right? How to turn money into a lot less money, presto changeo!

    And then the guns turned in will be destroyed, rather than re-selling them, which would’ve made money for the Police Dept. and take some of the burden off the taxpayers’ backs; no, it’s just extra work for the cops, and the taxpayers get to foot the bill.

    Will any criminals or nutcases be deprived of their weapons? No, they won’t be turning theirs in, will they. Who will be turning guns in? Women who are mad at their husbands/boyfriends, people with old clapped out guns that cost more to fix than they’re worth, and wealthy people who want to signal their virtue. Nobody, in other words, who is any danger to anyone.

    A better title for this annual event is, “The Annual Pointless Idiocy Event,” where taxpayer money and police time are totally wasted, blatantly!

    Some gun clubs have done well by setting up in a nearby parking lot, with big signs saying they’ll pay more money for any decent gun; I heard about one such club that got about $5000 worth of good guns, just by offering double the money- in cash!- that the so-called “buyback” offered. That’s mud in their eye!

  5. Deplorable B Woodman says:

    Don’t know how long you’d get away with this, but it’s worth a try.
    Stand outside the approach to the swap, with a sign, “Will buy your turn in gun $250 on examination and approval”. You’ll have a line around the corner.

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