The Opa-locka Police Department broke its record for most guns collected during a gun buyback last weekend.
The department paid more than $6,000 for 103 weapons including an Uzi submachine gun like the one used by Scarface, 31 revolvers, 23 semi-automatics, 26 rifles, 21 shotguns and 2 derringers. Moreover, six of those weapons were stolen and nine were sawed-off shot guns.
“We’re very happy to have recovered these weapons and thankful to the community,” said Deputy Police Chief Antonio Sanchez.
Police Detective E. A. Crawford attributed the large number of returned weapons to the tragic shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14.
“We had a lot of parents that came and turned in weapons,” said Crawford. “What happened had a great impact and they don’t want to see any more children or adults get hurt.”
The buyback was held at the New Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in cooperation with the Florida Highway Patrol and the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Gun Bounty Program.