Date: September 8, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
Polk to Participate in "Cease Fire" Gun Buy-Back Project Slated for Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000

The first "Cease Fire" Gun Buy-Back project to take place in Polk County will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at two Polk County Sheriff's Office substations, Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., announced today. 

"Cease Fire" is a community effort to remove unwanted firearms from homes to help prevent injury and crime. This effort promotes the responsible ownership, storage and use of firearms, and gives adult citizens a safe alternative to dispose of unwanted firearms. The program emphasizes safety and responsibility with firearms. "Cease Fire" is neither anti-gun or pro-gun, and takes no position on gun-related legislation. It is simply an opportunity for citizens to turn in unwanted firearms in a safe manner in exchange for gift certificates. Gun safety is the main issue. A total of six Tampa Bay area counties are participating this year. 

Adults only are asked to bring unloaded firearms in a secure container, preferably in the trunk of a vehicle, to one of two Sheriff's Office gun buy-back sites: * Southwest District Headquarters, located at 4120 US Highway 98 South, South of Lakeland. Information phone line number is: 863-499-2699. * Ridge District Headquarters, located at 860 Thompson Nursery Road, North of Lake Wales. Information phone line number is: 863-678-4178. 

Firearms will be exchanged for $50 gift certificates redeemable at any Bealls Department Store, Bealls Outlet Store or Winn-Dixie Marketplace. There is a limit of three certificates per person, although there is no limit on the number of firearms that can be turned in. 

Firearms turned in during the program will be checked to determine if they have ever been involved in a crime or are stolen. Otherwise, all firearms will be destroyed. No firearm received during this program will be sold or used as a firearm in the future. 

All types of firearms (by legal description) will be accepted: handguns, rifles, long guns, assault weapons, etc. Guns must be operable or nearly operable. 

The following will be accepted, but no certificate issued: BB guns, air rifles and guns missing major parts.


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