Capital City residents get gas for their guns

Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 7:32pm

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.

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