August 22 2013 marks the 15th year for Central Florida’s ‘Kicks 4 Guns’ Gun exchange event.
The event runs from 7am – 7pm, though some locations close sooner see Event page for accurate details
I estimate that between 10,000 and 20,000 guns have been taken off the streets and destroyed by Law enforcement agencies in the previous 14 years. I hope that this years event can be the biggest ever.
The event was started in 1998 by Real Radio’s Monsters in the Morning host Russ Rollins after hearing of a teenager being robbed at gunpoint for his sneakers.
In July of that year the first event gave out sneakers in return for guns handed in. This years event will be giving out either sneakers or gift cards depending on availability. The large numbers of weapons turned in can largely be credited to the event’s ‘No questions asked’ policy.
The event has grown steadily and this year will being held in 16 locations (at time of posting) in 7 counties- Seminole, Lake, Brevard, Volusia, Osceola, Orange and Volusia.
Russ Rollins commented on “Kicks 4 Guns” a few years back :
“We’re going at a pretty good pace, but I think one day, there should be a day when everybody talks about it,” he said. “We turn in guns, no questions asked, and you get a pair of shoes, no questions asked. So yeah, I think it should even be bigger.”
The organisation of the event requires the collaborative efforts of numerous Law enforcement departments and Central Florida Crimeline
Statistics- Guns destroyed & Number of locations since 1998
2011 – 2230
2010 – 9 locations , 1356 weapons
2009 – 7 locations, 1050 + weapons
2008 – ?
2007 – 250+ ? including a surface to air missile launcher (pictured above)
1999-2006 – ?
FAQ’s from the event page
1. What kinds of guns are accepted?
Any and all guns are welcome. Pistols, shot guns, bb-guns, semi-automatics, rifles, etc.
2. What if i have a BB Gun, will I still get a pair of shoes?
Each location has it’s own policy regarding BB Guns.
3. Will I get a pair of shoes for every gun turned in?
Rules vary from location to location. Best to contact the police agency that will be handling your drop off location for specific details.
Please note – Kicks For Guns is not a dumping ground for local pawn shops to unload their unwanted guns. You will be turned away if you are pawn shop trying to do so.
4. How do I transport my gun to Kicks for Guns?
People walking or driving to the event are encouraged to place their UNLOADED guns in a sealed bag or box clearly marked â€œKicks for Gunsâ€. If you are stopped by a police officer, tell him or her immediately that you have a weapon in the car and are headed to the event.
No one may enter the event carrying a gun. Guns are handed over to the police at the gate where they are checked, tagged and stacked.
5. What happens if someone offers to buy my gun on the way to Kicks for Guns?
Law enforcement discourages the sales of guns outside the Kicks for Guns venue.
6. What if I don’t have a gun and want to go to Kicks for Guns?
Only people turning in guns and those accompanying them may enter the event. All others are required to remain outside the gates and view the event from there.
7. What if i cannot make it to Kicks for Guns and have a gun I want to get rid of?
For those living in the Daytona and Volusia County areas, a law enforcement officer will come to your house and pick up your gun. Please call – to make arrangements.
8. What if my size shoe isn’t available? Can I exchange at the donating retailer?
People must choose from shoe stock on hand. There are no exchanges or refunds from donating stores. If a person turns in a gun and either canâ€™t find shoes in their size or to their liking, they may choose shoes for someone else or decline to take any at all. There are no other options unless your location is also offering gift certificates.
9. What happens to the leftover shoes after the event?
Shoes left over are traditionally donated to local charities or kept for use in next yearâ€™s event.
10. How can I make a monetary donation to Kicks for Guns?
Click here to make a monetary donation to Kicks for Guns. Please make sure to note it is for Kicks For Guns
I have shoes/gift cards to donate I’d like to donate to Kicks for Guns.
Click here to donate.
10. I have ammo, can i drop off unwanted ammo at Kicks for Guns?
Yes, you can drop off your ammo, but you won’t get a gift card or shoes for the unwanted ammo.