• 'Kicks for Guns' events across central Florida


    Brevard County

     The Palm Bay Police Department, Cocoa Police Department and the Titusville Police Department will host the annual "Kicks for Guns" campaign on Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 7 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. 

     "Kicks for Guns" is a completely anonymous program that allows area residents to trade in unloaded firearms in exchange for a $50 fuel or food gift card with no questions asked. 

    In Palm Bay, the event will be located at Space Coast Harley, 1440 Sportsman Lane. In Palm Bay, pellet guns and air guns earn a restaurant coupon. 

    In Cocoa, the buyback will be held in the east side of the parking lot at Byrd Plaza located at 801 Dixon Boulevard, Cocoa.  Citizens will receive a $50 gift card (maximum 2 per car) while supplies last.  BB and Pellet guns will receive coupons from restaurants

     Titusville Police will be holding their event in the Sears Town Mall Parking lot (east side) located at 3550 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville.

    The Palm Bay Police Department, Cocoa Police Department and Titusville Police Department are the only law enforcement agencies in Brevard County participating in this year's program. 

     Anyone wishing to turn in firearms should make sure the weapons are safely unloaded and properly secured in the vehicle when arriving at the park entrance.  Officers and Police Department personnel will retrieve all weapons and provide a ticket in order to enter the area to obtain the gift card.  For more information contact the Public Information Office at 321-426-5194 (Palm Bay PD) or Officer Barbara Matthews, Cocoa PD 321-637-6309.


    In exchange for the gun, citizens are given gift cards which are redeemable for shoes or other merchandise of their choosing at Wal-Mart or Target.

    The collection point in Clermont for this year's event will be at Stormy Hill Harley Davidson, 2480 S. Hwy 27, Clermont, FL 34711. The collection time will start at 7:00 a.m. and end when gift card supplies run out, as it is first come first serve.

    Daytona Beach

     As part of the DBPD + Community = Safer Streets campaign to combat crime in the City of Daytona Beach. The Daytona Beach Police Department will participate in the annual Kicks for Guns Program.

    Kicks for Guns commences on Thursday, August 22, 2013, from 7am - 7pm. The drop-off location will be at the John H. Dickerson Center, 308 S. Dr. Martin Luther King, Daytona Beach, FL.

    The Daytona Beach Police Department is asking the community for their support by making a monetary donation or gift card. For every $50 donated = 1 gun off the street. The goal is to help reduce violent crimes.


    Citizens can now trade their guns for $50 gift cards to either Wal-Mart or Target. 

    The Kissimmee Police Kicks 4 Guns drop off location will be located at the corner of South John Young Parkway and John Henry Jones Blvd. in Kissimmee.  Message board signs will direct citizens from North and South John Young Parkway to the drop off location.  Citizens are encouraged to drop off the unwanted guns between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. or while gift card supplies last. 

    All firearms should be unloaded and safely secured in a plastic bag and stored in the trunk of your vehicle.  As you enter the drop off location, remain in your vehicle, leave the gun in your trunk and allow a Kissimmee police officer to remove it. You will receive the gift card of your choice and no questions asked. In addition, the Kissimmee Police Department will pick up guns from anyone who cannot drop them off at the Kissimmee drop off location. This feature is new to the annual program.  Citizens can call 407-846-3333 to make pick up arrangements.


    The City of Ocoee Police Department will be participating in the annual "Kicks 4 Guns" program

    on August 22nd, 2013. The event, sponsored by Crimeline and Real Radio is held each year

    and encourages anyone who has unwanted guns to turn them in. The collection of the guns is

    completely anonymous and no questions are asked. In exchange for the gun, citizens are given

    a gift card. 

    The collection point in the City of Ocoee for this year's event will be at HighPoint Church,

    located at 476 Ocoee Commerce Parkway Ocoee, Fl. 34761. The City of Ocoee Police

    Department will be at this location collecting the guns in exchange for gift cards from 7:00 am to

    7:00 pm. One gift card will be given to each individual turning in guns regardless of the number

    of guns they turn in, and gift cards will be given for as long as they last.

    Citizens wishing to turn in guns are asked to transport guns unloaded if possible securely in the

    trunk of their vehicle. Upon arriving at the venue citizens should immediately advise the officer

    helping them if the firearms they have are loaded. Ocoee police officers will safely handle and

    remove the guns at the venue. Sorry, gift cards will be given in exchange for genuine firearms

    only, not for replicas, bb, pellet, air soft guns or other non-firearms or firearms facsimiles.


    The Orlando Police event location is at the Dr. J.R. Smith Center, 1723 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 32805. 

     Orange County

    On Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. the Orange County Sheriff's Office is proud to partner with Crimeline and Real Radio in the Kicks for Guns Event.

     Any person turning in a firearm will receive a gift card. There are no questions asked and no ID required. Citizens who want to turn in firearms are asked to place the unloaded weapon inside a plastic bag. An OCSO deputy will remove the gun from the vehicle.

     This year we will have three sites:

    •  Central Florida Fairgrounds located at 4603 West Colonial Drive, Orlando
    • Carl Black Chevy located at 11500 East Colonial Drive, Orlando
    • John Bridges Center located at 445 West 13th Street, Apopka

    Osceola County

    The Osceola County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with Crimeline will host a Gas for Guns program that encourages citizens to bring in unwanted guns which reduces the chance of guns falling into the wrong hands. Gas for Guns is designed to encourage citizens to trade in their guns for $50 gas cards. The gas cards will be purchased with proceeds from the forfeiture fund, money seized by the Sheriff's Office as a result of being connected with a commission of a felony crime. Other law enforcement agencies in Central Florida are sponsoring similar programs that day. In addition, the Sheriff's Office will pick up guns from anyone who cannot drop them off at Osceola Heritage Park. This is a new feature added to the program this year. Residents can call (407) 348-1110 to make pick up arrangements.

     The Gas for Guns event will take place on Thursday, August 22 at Osceola Heritage Park located at 1875 Silver Spur Lane in Kissimmee from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This event is completely anonymous with no questions asked. All firearms should be in a plastic bag, unloaded and safely secured in the trunk of your car.

     Volusia County

    The program encourages citizens to turn in unwanted guns to law enforcement with no questions asked. This will mark the fourth year that the Sheriff's Office has participated. And once again, the agency will make it even more convenient than ever for citizens to take part. For anyone in Volusia County who would like to turn in a gun, but can't make it to one of the drop-off sites, the Sheriff's Office will dispatch a deputy to pick up the weapon. Citizens who turn in guns will remain anonymous.

     One of 15 agencies participating in next Thursday's event, the Sheriff's Office will give residents who turn in their guns one $50 Walmart gift card. The gift cards were purchased with funds confiscated in criminal cases. The Sheriff's Office also will accept turn-in of BB-guns and replica guns, but no gift cards will be exchanged for these items. The Sheriff's Office's drop-off point will be at the Volusia County Fairgrounds at 3150 E. New York Ave. just east of DeLand. "This is a great program that has a lot of community support, and we're proud to once again be a part of it," said Sheriff Ben Johnson. "If it prevents even one violent crime or one curious child, reckless teen or careless adult from accidental death or injury, it will have been well worth the effort."

     The Volusia County Sheriff's Office's drop-off location will be open on Thursday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. All firearms must be unloaded, placed in a plastic bag and safely secured. Citizens should leave the gun in the vehicle until a Sheriff's deputy safely removes it. Residents in Volusia County who want to make arrangements for a deputy to pick up their unwanted firearms and bring a gift card to them can call any one of the following numbers on Thursday and then press option 3:

    •  (386) 736-5999
    • (386) 248-1777
    • (386) 423-3888



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