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Hundreds of weapons turned in to JSO

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Updated: 6/30/2013 9:52 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than $25,000 was paid out to those who handed over  guns, no questions  asked, to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Saturday.

The gun buyback event took place at the Maceo Elks Lodge in downtown Jacksonville.

Police bought back 539 guns in the year's first  buyback.

Each gun turned in was exchanged for $50 in cash.

Authorities say the goal of the event is to get illegal guns off the streets of Duval County.

JSO plans to have three more gun buybacks before the year is out.

Details on future events have not been released.
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Truthseeker - 7/1/2013 11:28 AM
1 Vote
I wonder how many crackheads turned in their stolen guns to get some money for a fix.

Stumpy - 6/30/2013 6:17 PM
3 Votes
I hate to say it, but sometimes it takes a little Revolution by the People to clean up government corruption. Jacksonville's leadership is a perfect example.

Stumpy - 6/30/2013 6:13 PM
3 Votes
To expect the fire department to give back part of their well earned pensions while the JSO spends tax payer money to buy back guns from the hands of legal gun owners is a travesty. This is proof positive that the city is not taking the budget seriously, and is doing nothing more than yet another scare tactic on the tax payers, making them think their houses may burn to the ground if the fire department's not willing to give yet again. First it was a lack of money for road repairs that was reported on, now its the fire department's turn. Maybe the Mayor and other city leaders should be forced to give back their pensions, spending accounts, etc... to shore up the budget. That $25,000 that was handed out by JSO to buy back guns that, I assure you, were never used to commit a crime, could have been used to help fix roads, pay for fire departments, etc... . I'm sure if the budget line items were to be made public, there'd be a massive outcry by the public resulting in a huge backlash against the city's leaders, and the mayor would end up being recalled.

Pe535 - 6/30/2013 4:29 PM
4 Votes
Hell no it doesn't make the neighborhood safer!! Criminals DON'T give up their guns.

nativejax - 6/30/2013 1:38 PM
2 Votes
And you can bet not ONE of the gun toting thugs brought their stolen guns in...just honest people needed an extra $50... or more from the dudes down there offering more for the more valuable guns before you get to the door.

nativejax - 6/30/2013 1:30 PM
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And you can bet not ONE of the gun toting thugs brought their stolen guns in...just honest people needed an extra $50... or more from the dudes down there offering more for the more valuable guns before you get to the door.

Realchange - 6/30/2013 11:56 AM
6 Votes
Interesting this should be brought up in the Travyon Martin case he was looking to buy street guns. Maybe to make money re-selling them or maybe for some other purpose. Government putting up cammeras everywhere for our security. Strip searching you at airports for your security. Taking away your Constitutional right againts for your security. Scanning phone calls. Intercepting and storing emails. All without warrants for your security. Taking away all your Constitutional rights if they whisper the word terrorism. Now big push to get rid of all the guns they don't know about. Imagine that one. Yes street guns can be used for crimes. Just don't expect the government to be doing anything to restore your freedoms anytime soon. Next stop drones in all major cities flying around monitoring people and spying on them.
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