TPD Gun Buy-Back Yields More than 1,000 Guns
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Dozens of citizens were lined up waiting to turn in their guns before the event started at 8:00a.m. A steady stream of citizens showed up throughout the day until the gun buy-back program ended at 5:00p.m. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Kelly Curtis, the widow of slain Tampa Police officer Dave Curtis funded the event along with seized drug money. TPD paid $50 for each handgun and rifle turned in at the Seminole Heights Church. The guns will be destroyed.
The department's goal was to bring in 500 guns. The final count will be complete next week, but the event is deemed a huge success with more than 1,000 guns off the streets.