Pensacola gun buyback ends hours early after funds exhausted

Northwest Florida

UPDATE: Saturday’s gun buyback ended in about 30 minutes. Here’s a news release from the City of Pensacola:

The City of Pensacola’s Gun Buyback Event today, Saturday, March 20 has ended early because all of the available $10,000 funding was used to purchase guns from voluntary participants at the event by about 9:30 a.m. The event was originally scheduled to last until 2 p.m. at the Bill Gregory Park located at 150 N. W St.

The goal of the event was to reduce the availability of unwanted guns within the community, provide the opportunity for safe disposal of firearms, and to raise awareness within the community in hopes of shifting the culture to reduce the number of firearm related incidents.

Through the Gun Buyback Event, individuals were able to turn in functional and operational firearms and receive a cash payment for their firearm.

This event was held at the request of District 7 City Councilman Delarian Wiggins, with the approval of the Pensacola City Council and with the identification of funding by Mayor Grover Robinson.

ORIGINAL STORY: PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — The city of Pensacola has scheduled its first event as part of a gun buyback initiative. Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 20 at Bill Gregory Park, if you have a functioning firearm, you can sell it to the city. Depending on the gun, you could get anywhere from $125 to $200.

Mayor Grover Robinson wants to remind everyone this is voluntary. It’s also anonymous. Councilman Delarian Wiggins, who proposed this initiative, said they will also have 190 gun locks to give away and there will be a firearms instructor to talk about gun safety. The goal is to get guns off the streets that could be stolen and used during a crime.

According to a news release: “No ID will be required to submit a firearm. All firearms must be secured in a container or box, with no open carry. Any ammunition will need to be secured in a separate container.”

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