Sumter PD Offers Gift Cards for Guns

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Sumter, SC (WLTX) -- Sumter Police are trying to get guns off the street and out of the hands of those who illegally possess them.

"We'll destroy them," Sumter Police Department Deputy Chief Alvin Holston said.

Over 30 firearms were turned in at Sumter Police Department's gun buyback program to be dismantled at a later date.

One woman, who chose not to be identified, says turning in her .22 was well worth it.

"Receiving these Walmart gift cards are wonderful because I love to shop so it's an extra incentive," she said. 

People received gift cards ranging from $25 to $100 depending on the weapon turned in. But two men, who declined to speak or be filmed, set up camp near the buy back to offer a little extra. 

"I think we just want to know why they wanted to join us today and maybe take another day to take a proactive approach on their level," Holston said.

Although some may think this program infringes on Second Amendment rights,  Holston said that's not the case.  

"We're not coming about seizing or taking weapons from folks, everybody has a constitutional right to, if their authorized, to legally carry, own and possess firearms," Holston said. 

But Holston says initiative like this gives the community watchdog responsibilities.

"We do strongly believe that the public is the police and we have to kind of mirror up together a little bit in order to help reduce our crime within the Sumter community," Holston said.

There was one semi-automatic weapon turned in among the guns turned in.

And if you missed the buyback, Holston says there are other ways to legally get rid of your weapon with help from the police department.

 

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