Record Number of Guns Turned in at First Miami Buyback of 2013

Mayor says 130 guns were exchanged for Heat tickets or gift certificates

By Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013  |  Updated 11:51 AM EDT
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A record total of 130 guns were turned in during the City of Miami's first gun buyback of 2013, Mayor Thomas Regalado said Wednesday.

The Jan. 19 event was held at Model City NET in Liberty City. Anyone who dropped off a weapon received Miami Heat tickets or their choice of gift certificates to Winn Dixie or Walmart. Several "assault weapons" were exchanged for premium 100-level Heat tickets.

The guns, which were turned in with no questions asked, will be destroyed, Regalado said.

"The success of this operation was possible through the collaboration of the City, private enterprise, and residents. It highlights how important the removal of guns from the streets is to City residents," Regalado said in a statement.

Two more gun buybacks are scheduled, the first beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 26 at St. John Baptist Church at 1328 Northwest 3rd Avenue in Overtown. The second is Feb. 2 at San Juan Bosco Church at 1301 W. Flagler Street in Little Havana.

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