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Pinellas gun bounty promises cash for tips

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Armed with fliers touting the gun bounty program, St. Petersburg officers and Pinellas Sheriff Deputies went door to door with fliers announcing a renewal of a program to offer a bounty for illegal weapons. Callers to Crime stoppers can get a thousand dollars for a gun, 15-hundred for an assault weapon. The money is yours if you provide the tip that leads to an arrest.

St. Petersburg Pole Chief Chuck Harmon says certain kinds of guns are the target of the bounty program. "Those guns which by mere possession of em are illegal. That being automatic weapons, short barrel shot guns and those type of things."

Mayor Bill Foster says some illegal gun owners like to show off their hardware on facebook. "Now I want all of these same people to know that there's a price on that gun and all they gotta do is come in with a tip."

The gun bounty program will run at full steam for the next 30 days. "This is about getting those people off the streets who are illegally possessing and using these guns that are a detriment to all of us"said Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

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