News release from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office:
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office will hold a community gun turn-in event as the latest component of its ongoing anti-violence initiative.
The gun turn-in will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at two Sarasota locations: Robarts Arena parking lot, 3000 Ringling Blvd., and Holy Ghost Ministry, 3707 North Washington Blvd., (Corner of 301 & Myrtle).
"Our crime rate continues to decline, but 232 firearms were reported stolen in Sarasota County last year," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "The gun turn-in event is intended to help reduce the number of firearms available to those who would commit crime or high risk individuals who may harm themselves or others after coming in contact with a firearm."
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Only functional firearms will be accepted and participation is anonymous. Citizens will receive $50 cash for each weapon turned in. To make the event as safe as possible, participants are encouraged to follow these procedures:
-- Make sure the gun is not loaded before leaving home.
-- Place the gun in a secure area of the vehicle, such as the trunk, and in a gun case if possible.
-- Upon arriving at the event, a deputy will meet citizens in the parking lot to retrieve the weapon and escort you to the area where cash is distributed.
Firearms can pose a risk for owners who are no longer comfortable with the weapon, so this also provides a way to safely dispose of them. Sarasota County Sheriff's Office weapons experts will be available to answer questions about firearms at the event.