Ft Pierce gun buyback: City hopes to reduce violence with program

FT. PIERCE, Fla. - The city of Fort Pierce and Fort Pierce police are teaming up Saturday in an effort to get guns of the street.

Police say that since January 1, 2013 they have responded to approximately 100 shooting incident calls, more than 30 individuals have been shot and 5 deaths have been gun-related.

The Fort Pierce Police Department will host a "no questions asked" gun buyback on Saturday August 24, 2013 from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm at the following locations:

St. Mark's Missionary Baptist Church- 921 Orange Avenue 

2nd Chance Church of God- 1225 North 25th Street

Willie B. Ellis Substation- 1221 Avenue D

The police say that in partnership with the city commission, they will pay cash rewards for each gun turned into one of these locations and no questions will be asked about the ownership or origin of the gun. 

Reward amounts will be $50.00 for any gun and $100.00 for any assault rifle.  Armory specialists will be at each location to ensure safety during the day. 

The gun buyback is a response by the city and the Fort Pierce Police Department to reduce gun violence.  

Residents who want more information about the gun buyback or other anti-violence initiatives can call the Fort Pierce Police Department at 772-467-6800. 


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