Sanford gun buy-back nets more than 125 weapons

Sanford gun buy-back nets more than 125 weapons

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SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Gift cards for fire arms. That was the deal Friday at the Sanford Police gun buy-back program.  More than 125 people turned in weapons.

There are hand guns, rifles even a still loaded shotgun.  All of those fire arms were turned into Sanford Police Friday with no questions asked during a daylong gun buy-back program.   

Louis Cauthen turned in one rifle and two shot guns and got three fifty dollar gift cards.  Cauthen wanted to make sure there would not be an accidental shooting in his house.  "I told my wife I am gonna take the weapons out of here, because they are just sitting here and we are not doing anything with them.  They will not be used in crimes."

Someone turned in a handgun which was stolen from its owner in Volusia County, and it will be returned to the sheriff's office there.

Police say this program builds relationships with Sanford residents.  Critics question how effective gun buy backs are because criminals almost never turn in the tools of their trade.   Police say there is no way to track how many criminals turn in guns because the program is completely anonymous.

All of the turned in weapons will be turned over to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office and will be taken to a place where they will be melted down.

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