Capital City residents get gas for their guns
BATON ROUGE, LA (WVLA) In an effort to reduce the number of unsecured firearms on the streets, Mayor Kip Holden along with BRPD, the Sheriff's Office and Circle K teamed up for the Gas for Guns Exchange program held Saturday from 10 am until 2 PM. The program allowed area residents to safely dispose of guns and ammunition they no longer wanted or needed. In exchange for the guns, those who participated received Circle K gas cards valued from $50 to $200.
The program was held at 4 area churches across the East Baton Rouge Parish. The gun totals were as follows:
Gardere: 45 guns including a replica toy of an AK 47
East Blvd.: 39 guns including an AK 47 "street sweeper" assault style shotgun
Winbourne: 104 guns including 2 AK 47's, 2 tech nines, and 4-5 other assault style rifles
Ford: 71 guns including 1 AK 47, 1 tech nine, 1 mac 11, and several other assault style rifles
Each site collected numerous sawed off shotguns, handguns and rifles.
The total count of all the guns is estimated at 259.
A total of $26,000 in gas certificates is estimated to have been exchanged.