gun bounty program

In California, officials are ramping up a unique program that identifies and seizes guns from people who are prohibited from keeping them. Under state law, a legally registered gun owner loses the right to own a firearm when he or she is convicted of a crime or becomes mentally ill.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office is holding a gun buy back next weekend.

The guns will be purchased for $50 each, no questions asked.

JSO Director Alan Williams says its an opportunity for people to safely dispose of weapons they no longer want.

The buy back is Saturday, June 29, from 10am to 2pm at the Elks Lodge at 712 West Duval Street in downtown Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says it's ramping up efforts to get illegal guns off city streets by publicizing its five-year-old gun bounty program. 

Here's how it works: anyone who tips authorities to the whereabouts of an illegal firearm earns a $1,000 reward - no questions asked.

"We've confiscated more than 300 illegal guns since 2006 with this program," says Sheriff John Rutherford. "And it's never gone away, but now we're marketing it so more people are aware of it and call us with information."