September 11, 2001
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
Polk to Participate in
"Cease Fire" Gun Buy-Back Project Slated for Saturday, September 15,
The second "Cease
Fire" Gun Buy-Back project to take place in Polk County will be held this
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at two Polk County
Sheriff's Office substations.
The "Cease Fire" program emphasizes safety and responsibility with
firearms, and promotes the responsible ownership, storage and use of
firearms. The program offers adult citizens a safe alternative to dispose
of unwanted 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. Free gun
locks will be distributed during the project.
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
Southwest District Headquarters, located at 4120 US Highway 98 South,
South of Lakeland.
Ridge District Headquarters, located at 860 Thompson Nursery Road, North
of Lake Wales.
Once parked at the substations, participants are asked to remain standing
by their vehicle and wait for a deputy to assist them with the safe and
proper removal of the firearms.
Firearms will be exchanged for $50 gift certificates redeemable at any
Bealls Department Store or Bealls Outlet Store. 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
The following will be accepted, but no certificate issued: BB guns, air
rifles and guns missing major parts.