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Manatee County gun buyback collects 459 firearms

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BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) -

Manatee County Sheriff's officials collected 459 guns during a buyback today.

The gun buyback program ran from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., at the Crime Prevention Office located at 600 U.S. 301 Boulevard West, in Bradenton.

The gun buyback was a safe, no questions asked opportunity to dispose of any working firearm in return for cash.   The Sheriff's Office paid $50 for handguns, $100 dollars for rifles and shotguns, and $150 for assault type weapons.  They also accepted ammunition.

In all, officials handed out $37,950 in cash in exchange for the guns, which included 5 assault-type weapons.

The Manatee County Sheriff's office last hosted a gun buyback in August, 2009.  At that time they collected 400 firearms.

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