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HCSO is offering residents the opportunity to get rid of old unused or unwanted guns in their possession.
Unwanted Firearms Collection Program
Date: Saturday, October 6
, 2018 (Rain or Shine)
Time: 9 AM-2 PM
1. Falkenburg Rd Jail (520 N Falkenburg Rd, Tampa, FL 33619) in front of jail
2. Hillsborough County West Service Unit (9805 Sheldon Rd, Tampa, FL 33635)
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is helping residents get rid of old, unused or unwanted guns in their possession through our 2018 "Gun Swap" event scheduled for Saturday, October 6
, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Guns can be exchanged for $50 cash at two locations the day of the event, which include Falkenburg Road Jail, 520 N Falkenburg Rd in Tampa, and the Hillsborough County West Service Unit, 9805 Sheldon Rd in Tampa. The Gun Swap will be a drive-thru service. Residents will remain in their vehicles. A deputy will approach the vehicle, take the gun and hand resident an envelope with cash. No ID is needed. This is an anonymous event. Deputies are only accepting unloaded firearms. Other items, such as BB guns, will not be accepted. Collected guns will be destroyed.
"Our last Gun Swap was in 2013. Your response was amazing, and with more than 2,500 firearms exchanged, it still stands as one of the nation's most successful swap for cash events," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. On February 2
, 2013, deputies collected 2,541 firearms, including at least 11 stolen guns and hundreds of illegal weapons. At every one of the five locations, there were lines of cars to get into the event. Deputies distributed $55,000 in cash within an hour into the event.
Sheriff Chronister added, "Please take advantage of this great program to properly dispose of that unwanted handgun or long gun. Eliminate the chance that firearm is lost or stolen and ends up in the wrong hands. Put it in our hands and get some money to boot!"