The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department and the Kissimmee Police Department will be joining CRIMELINE and other local law enforcement agencies in the Annual Kicks 4 Guns Program on Thursday August 17th.
The Kicks 4 Guns program encourages citizens to drop off unwanted guns to law enforcement with no questions asked, which greatly reduces the chance of guns falling into the wrong hands. The Kicks 4 Guns program was initially designed to encourage citizens to trade in their unwanted guns for sneakers, but because of the program’s popularity it h†kas now evolved into trading guns for $50 gift cards to either Target or Wal-Mart.
The gift cards were purchased with proceeds from the Sheriff’s Department and Kissimmee Police Department’s forfeiture funds, which are comprised of moneys seized as a result of being connected in the commission of felony crimes.
The Osceola Sheriff’s “Kicks 4 Guns” event will take place on Thursday, August 17th in the parking lot located in front of the Osceola County Tax Collector’s Office 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. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office will pick up guns from anyone who cannot drop them off at the drop off location. Residents can call (407) 348-2222 to make pick up arrangements.
The Kissimmee Police Department’s Kicks 4 Guns event will take place on Thursday, August 17th in the parking lot of Big Lots in Kissimmee. Message board signs will direct citizens to the drop off location. All firearms should be in a plastic bag, unloaded and safely secured in the trunk of your car. As you enter the drop off location, remain in your vehicle, leave the gun in your trunk and allow police officers to remove it. You will receive the gift card of your choice and no questions asked.
“This is a great opportunity for our citizens to get rid of unwanted firearms in a safe manner,” said Chief Jeff O’Dell.