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Miami gun buyback event to help reduce violence

Posted at 2:29 PM, Mar 13, 2016

A South Florida gun buyback event aims to remove guns and reduce gun violence involving children.

The Mayor for the City of Miami, the Biscayne Gardens Chamber of Commerce, the Rickia Isaac Foundation, and the City of Miami Police and Fire Departments all partnered together in hopes of removing illegal and unwanted guns from the hands of children.

"We're all on the same page; We're tired of all this violent crime," said City of Miami Police officer Frederica Burden.

Officers with the City of Miami Police Department say removing firearms from the streets makes an impact.
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"They're coming from all over; We've had some from Hialeah," officer Burden said. "One woman was waiting for us at 8:45 to open up from Hallandale."

The event was hosted at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church located 5946 NW 12 Avenue on Saturday.
Individuals who turned over weapons received gift certificates valued at $50.00 for non-working guns and rifles and $100.00 for working guns and rifles

City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado said, "Today in the city of Miami there are more than 100 guns out of the street and that's the bottom line."

The City of Miami Police Department collected 128 guns, and distributed $6,400 in gift cards.

A free neighborhood cook-out was also held at Tacolcy Park at 6161 NW 9th Avenue. The cook-out intends on providing an opportunity for the community to come together with law enforcement personnel and build relationships.

Story courtesy of our news partners at NBC6.com