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Release Number: 18-712
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- October 8, 2018
- Contact Person:
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Gun Swap - Unwanted Firearms Collection Program
More than 1,100 firearms turned in at Hillsborough County Gun Swap.
- October 6, 2018
- Time: 12:00 AM
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office proudly collected 1,173 firearms at Saturday's Gun Swap. Deputies recovered six stolen guns during the event held at Falkenburg Road Jail and the Hillsborough County West Service Unit.
More than an hour prior to the scheduled start time of 9 a.m., citizens began lining up in their vehicles to trade in their old, unwanted guns for $50 and a voucher for two Tampa Bay Rays tickets. Sheriff Chad Chronister chose to open the event early at 8 a.m., collecting more than 100 guns within the first hour.
"I couldn't be happier that the community took advantage of this program to dispose of their unwanted firearms," said Sheriff Chronister, "but the true gratification comes from the fact in knowing that one of these guns won't be used by children to harm themselves or that a bad guy won't use one of them to commit another crime."
The collected guns will be destroyed.