Gun buyback set in DeLand

Have an unwanted gun? Here's an event for you!

Have an unwanted gun? Here's an event for you!

Working with the DeLand Police Department, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will make a special effort to get unwanted guns out of the hands of those who should not have them, including criminals and children.

Law-enforcement officers will accept firearms — with no questions asked — 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave. in DeLand. Anyone turning in a gun will receive a $50 gift card.

“The gun has to be unloaded, and it has to be in your trunk. Don’t come in and wave it around,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant said.

Gant added this is the first gun buyback Sheriff Mike Chitwood has slated in DeLand, though he has been involved in similar events in Daytona Beach, where he served as police chief before being elected sheriff last year. Gun turn-in programs have taken place in DeLand under prior sheriffs, Gant said.

“There shouldn’t be any fear of anything. We just want to get the guns off the streets,” Gant told The Beacon. “If you have a gun, and if you don’t have any use for them and want to get rid of them, bring it in to us.”

Gant said the Sheriff’s Office and DeLand police will check the serial numbers of the guns turned over to them, and if any of the weapons had been reported as stolen, they may be returned to their lawful owners. Otherwise, the guns will be destroyed.

- Al Everson, al@beacononlinenews.com

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