Gun Buy Back Initiative reimburses $800

City calls program a ‘success’

Miami Times staff report | 1/30/2014, 9 a.m.
Guns collected at the Bi-Annual City of Opa-locka Gun Buy Back Initiative.

On January 25th, the Opa-locka Police Department hosted their Gun Buy Back Initiative, a program that aims to curtail the increasing level of gun violence occurring in the northern region of Miami-Dade County.

When participating in the Gun Buy Back Initiative, the public is directed to: 

• Transport unloaded firearm(s) in the trunk of his vehicle

• Park vehicle on the southern side of the property outside of the fence

• If you’re on foot, to carry unloaded firearm(s) in a sealed box

According to Detective A.E. Crawford the event reimbursed approximately $800.00 to gun owners in exchange for their weapons and feat they’re referring to as a “success.”

City of Opa-locka Commissioner Luis B. Santiago  extended his appreciation to law enforcement officers and partners whom promoted and organized the bi-annual event.

The City of Opa-locka’s next Gun Buy Back Initiative is scheduled for June 2014, a month prior to Independence Day, a time when many accidental shootings occur. The police department encourages gun owners to submit their firearms.

The initative is dedicated in memory of the late Revered Dr. Arthur Jackson, Jr. of New Shiloh Baptist Church whom created the program.

Held at New Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church located at 15000 Northwest 27th Avenue in Opa-locka from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the event's collaborators included St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church, Florida Highway Patrol and the Miami-Dade County Police Gun Bounty Program along with other partnering agencies and businesses.