BRAVE holding 'Gas for Guns' buyback program August 23

BRAVE holding 'Gas for Guns' buyback program August 23
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POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:22am

UPDATED: Friday, August 22, 2014 - 6:15pm

City officials are holding a gun buyback program that will give residents gas cards for turning in guns.

The Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) is hosting the event, called called “Gas for Guns,” from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at the Living Faith Christian Center (6375 Winbourne Avenue).

Law enforcement officers will not ask questions to anyone turning in guns, such as how or where they got the guns; nor will anybody be asked to show any identification.

Residents who exchange guns will get:

  • Less than 38-caliber pistol - $50 Circle K Gas Certificate
  • 38-caliber or larger pistol - $100 Circle K Gas Certificate
  • Assault-style rifle - $300 Circle K Gas Certificate

Officials say they will accept ‘Assault Style’ rifles, as long as they are a either an automatic or semi-automatic rifle, that is currently in use by military forces, and with a caliber of 9 mm, 7.62 mm or 5.56 mm.

Any other firearm or ammunition may also be dropped off for safe disposal and destruction by law enforcement without a gas card exchange.

Mayor Kip Holden says the goal of the program is reduce the number of unsecured guns on the city’s streets and specifically keeping them away from children.

“The Gas for Guns program will allow residents to safely dispose of firearms and ammunition that they no longer want to keep at their homes,” Mayor Holden said.

District Attorney Hillar Moore III says the exchange program offers the highest reward for assault rifles because they’re the criminals’ weapon of choice and the most expensive type of guns.

Criminals also prefer large-caliber handguns, so the incentives are higher for them compared to the smaller handguns.

Officials also added that stolen or borrowed guns are used to commit crimes in Baton Rouge, every year.

Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden, District Attorney Hillar Moore III, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie and Circle K are sponsoring the program.

If you are going to exchange a gun, officials ask that you:

  • Put the guns in the trunk of your car
  • If walking there, bring the weapon in a sealed container like a bag, box, or book-bag
  • Follow the instructions given to you by the law enforcement officers

Donors who are uncomfortable taking a firearm to an exchange site can call the local Police and Sheriff station at any time to make arrangements for unwanted firearm and ammunition collection. However, gas cards will not be provided any other time than the “Gas for Guns” program date.

Previous 'Gas for Guns' programs in Baton Rouge collected 262 unsecured guns in 2010, 165 firearms in 2011, and 71 handguns, rifles and shotguns in December 2013.

Also, on Saturday, BRAVE will coordinate a neighborhood cleanup effort for the 70805 zip code 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Those who want to help clean up should meet at the Fruit of the Spirit Church, at 3338 Plank Road. Cleaning supplies and refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the upcoming 'Gas for Guns' program or the 70805 neighborhood cleanup effort, call (225) 239-7835 or email bravebtr@gmail.com

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