For the second year in a row, police will pay $50 for every gun that’s surrendered during a 12-hour period Aug. 20.

But the Daytona Beach Police Department needs the community’s help with cash donations so the money can be converted into gift cards for people who do surrender a firearm.

The gift cards will likely be for one of the “big box stores” like Walmart, said Bob Davis, chairman of the Police Department’s Police Foundation.

Davis said he hopes donations pour in from companies and private citizens. So far, Bright House Networks has sent in a generous donation, Davis said.

The campaign, dubbed Kicks for Guns, is aimed at getting guns off the street, Davis said.

“We had a tremendous outpouring last year, so we’re asking for more donations this year,” Davis said.

Last year, 340 firearms were turned in for $17,000 in gift cards, police said.

The program was held in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies in Central Florida, including Orange and Seminole counties, as well as the cities of Orlando, Palm Bay, Sanford and Kissimmee.

Gun buyback programs have been held for years across the country with different allowances for different numbers and types of guns.

This year’s event will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Dickerson Center, 308 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.

Source: Lyda Longa for The Daytona News-Journal.

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