Published: Mar 11, 2013 11:06 AM EDT

MANATEE, Fla. (AP) - Hundreds of firearms are off the streets in Manatee County thanks to the sheriff's gun buyback program.
The Bradenton Herald ( ) reports 459 firearms were turned in exchange for cash. The sheriff gave participants $50 for handguns, $100 for shotguns or rifles and $150 for assault weapons.
Sheriff Brad Steube said the goal of the program is to make sure weapons don't fall into the hands of criminals.
The county's buyback program in 2009 collected 400 firearms.
This year, the county gave out $37,950 during the eight-hour buyback. Most of those weapons were from people who had a firearm within their family for years that they had no use for.

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