Tampa Police Launch Gun Buy-Back at Local Church

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DATE: Saturday, December 10, 2011

LOCATION: Seminole Heights Baptist Church, 801 East Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa

TIME: 8 a.m – 5 p.m. “Save Our Sons, Turn in Your Guns” buy-back takes place.

10 a.m. – Noon Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Chief Jane Castor will join officers at the buy-back site.

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Kelly Curtis will talk with reporters about her donation to help get guns off the street. The donation is from her new foundation, “Curtis First Responders Treasure (FRAT) Box.”

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Sarah Kocab and Cindy Roberts will also attend the event to show their support for the gun-buy back program. Officers Dave Curtis and Jeff Kocab were shot and killed in the line of duty June 29, 2010. The department lost Corporal Mike Roberts August 19, 2009.

Police Take Part in March Against Gun Violence

LOCATION: Greater Mount Carmel AME Church, 4209 North 34th Street, Tampa

TIME: 3 p.m – 5 p.m. Police officers involved in the gun buy-back program will help lead the march against gun and drug violence with East Tampa community members. The neighborhood march will start and end at the Greater Mount Carmel AME Church.

City and community leaders are joining hands to help stop gun violence and save lives. “Save Our Sons, Turn in Your Guns,” is a day long gun buy-back event aimed at keeping deadly weapons out of criminal hands. Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Police Chief Jane Castor are hosting the citywide initiative.

During the event, citizens can anonymously turn in shotguns, assault rifles and handguns for $50 at the Seminole Heights Baptist Church, located at 801 East Hillsborough Avenue near I-275. Police officers will be stationed at the church to safely take possession of the firearms from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mobile teams will be available during that time to pickup guns from citizens who cannot transport them to the church. Those citizens can call the police department at 813-231-6130 to schedule a pickup.

Citizens who bring guns to the buy-back are reminded to store the unloaded firearm(s) in a plastic bag and place it in the trunk of their car. They should also follow these firearm safety tips:

Treat every firearm as is it were loaded

Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

Never handle a gun you are not familiar with

Always keep your finger off the trigger unless you intend to fire the weapon

Janelle McGregor
TPD PIO Office