For Hometown News
FORT PIERCE -- The trade of 121 guns for cash in Saturday's Gun Buy-Back was considered a major achievement this afternoon by Chief R. Sean Baldwin.
The Fort Pierce Police Department traded $6,000.00 for the guns on Saturday at three locations and ran out of cash before the people stopped coming.
"At about 10:30 a.m. we had run out of $5,000 from the city and an additional $1,000 we had gotten from the firefighters and police officers unions," said Chief Baldwin. "In years past we have collected about 70-80 firearms when we do this but the response today was overwhelming."
The Fort Pierce Police Department, in conjunction with the Fort Pierce City Commission sponsored the Gun Buy-Back as a part of a bigger strategy to reduce gun violence in Fort Pierce. Since January police have responded to more than 100 shooting incidents and suffered six homicides.
In addition to the Gun Buy-Back the police department partnered with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, as well as the St. Lucie County Commission, the city of Fort Pierce and Big Apple Pizza to host a community clean up and block party. The cleanup and block party took place on North 14th Street between Avenue D and Avenue E.