Give Up Your Gun, Get Free Shoes
August 20, 2012 by Bryan Nash
A program that has its roots in Orlando, Fla., provides incentives for residents who are willing to turn in their firearms. Those who give up their guns receive a gift card, free gas or a pair of kicks (shoes), depending on their location.
This year marked the 14th year of Kicks 4 Guns. The initiative was started by Real Radio 104.1 in Orlando.
Twelve law enforcement agencies participated in this year’s event: Cocoa Police Department, Daytona Beach Police Department, Kissimmee Police Department, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Ocoee Police Department, Palm Bay Police Department, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and Winter Park Police Department.
Kicks 4 Guns is intended to “remove unwanted guns from homes,” reported ClickOrlando.com.
Law enforcement agencies hoped the event would bring in 2,500 guns; 1,333 were turned in, reported the Orlando Sentinel. During last year’s Kicks 4 Guns, central Florida law enforcement agencies took in more than 2,200 weapons.