PALM COAST, Fla. -- The Flagler County Sheriff's Office has announced they will hold a gun buy back August 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Town Center.
"This is a 'no questions asked' - amnesty - opportunity for anyone to turn in unwanted, operational firearms," said Flagler County Sheriff Donald W. Fleming.
People turning in a firearm will receive a $50 gift card for each firearm turned in, up to a maximum of three.
The sheriff's office will accept additional firearms but gift cards are limited to three and are available while supplies last.
The sheriff's office will also be accepting other weapons such as knives, swords and brass knuckles.
The buy back program is funded through a $7,000 crime prevention grant. The sheriff's office received the grant from the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners.
Businesses who would like to donate gift cards should contact Captain Lynne Catoggio at 386-586-4805.
If you would like to turn in a firearm or other weapon you should drive to the north side of Central Park at Town Center. The sheriff's department will have a drive-through station set up and deputies will come to the vehicles.
Guns should be unloaded and stored in the trunk area of bed area of trucks. Participants must NOT leave their vehicles.
If you would like to discard a gun or other weapon but are unable to drive to the site, deputies will come to your home. To make arrangements you are asked to call 386-313-4911.
Sheriff Fleming said, "This is the first time we have offered a gun buy back in Flagler County and I think it will prove to be a valuable service to our residents. The more guns we take out of the community, the less opportunity there is that one of those may be used in a crime. I encourage folks to take advantage of this opportunity."
Additionally people wishing to drop off prescription drugs will be able to do so as well. Gift cards will not be given out for prescription drugs but residents may use the drive through set up. Needles in sharps containers will also be collected.
First Coast News