Crime & Courts
Bradenton police to host gun buyback
The Bradenton Police Department will hold a Father's Day gun buyback event on Sunday. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants who bring in firearms will receive gift cards redeemable at any Bealls Department Store, or Bealls Outlet Store. The buyback locations will be the parking lot at 1500 block of Martin Luther King Avenue (9th Avenue) East and the parking lot in the 2000 block of North Tamiami Trail (14th Street) West in Bradenton. Assault rifles and automatic weapons will be worth $75; semi-automatic handguns and rifles $50; and revolvers and non-semi-automatic rifles $25.All firearms should be transported in a secure container, preferably the trunk of a vehicle. Weapons should be empty of all ammunition, and wrapped in a paper bag or newspaper. If you are unable to unload or are uncertain if your firearms are loaded or not, please inform police upon arrival. Ammunition or illegal narcotics may be turned in with no questions asked, but no gift cards will be issued for those items, police said. For information, contact Lt. Tim Christensen at (941) 932-9349.