Orange County Sheriff's Office holds annual gun buyback event

- The Orange County Sheriff’s Office held their annual anonymous gun buy back in an effort to promote gun responsibility. Since 7 a.m. Friday morning people drove in to drop off their unwanted guns and they received a $50 Walmart gift card.

“I’m dropping off an old rifle that belonged to my dad and we didn’t need it and I wanted to get it out of the house,” said a gun owner who just wanted to be called Jeff.

"I turned in a 22 rifle,” said John Reed, another gun owner, as he gave it to deputies at the drop off location located at 2719 S. Orange Blossom Trail.

The annual campaign was started when Orange County Sheriff Deputy Scott Pine was gunned down two years ago. He was responding to a car burglary when deputies say a criminal used a stolen gun to shoot and kill Pine.

"Last year we had 83-percent of weapons were taken out of unlocked cars, that just defy logic,” said Major Jeff Stonebreaker with the OCSO Crime Prevention Unit. “Statistically we are down 4-percent but that's not good enough." Major Stonebreaker said to help bring crime down people need to be better gun owners.

“Look, if you own a firearm then that's your right, that's within our constitution, we support that. We're not taking a pro or anti-gun stance at all. This isn't the point. The reality is if you own those things though you have a responsibility to maintain those safely, they should be locked up in your home,” stated Major Stonebreaker.

Gun owners agree.

"If you own guns there's a big responsibility that comes with that,” said Reed who told us he has several guns in his home.

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