POSTED: Monday, October 11, 2010 - 6:04pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 11, 2010 - 6:12pm
BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA)--A new program designed to get dangerous weapons off the streets offers to lighten your load at the gas pump.
EBR Parish officials announced the "Gas for Guns" exchange this morning.
The voluntary gun buyback program trades gas money for unwanted guns.
Tthe amount of cash depends on what's brought in, but residents could get up to $200 for every weapon.
Officials say guns laying around the house are often the ones that find their way into the wrong hands.
"If that weapon is in the house, and you're not comfortable with it, you don't know how to handle it, you see this weapon, and you know that the person who has it is illegal, here's that means to get rid of it," said BRPD Chief Jeff LeDuff.
$40,000 is available for the buyback program. Circle K donated $20,000 of that money. The rest comes from local law enforcement.
The event will be held Saturday, October 23rd from 10am to 2pm.
Exchanges will take place at four local churches:
Greater Beech Grove Baptist Church, 5352 Ford Street
Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, 356 East Blvd.
Greater Sixty Aid Baptist Church, 655 Gardere Lane
Healing Place, Baton Rouge Dream Center, 4829 Winbourne Avenue
EBR Sheriff's Deputies say interested residents should bring the guns, unloaded, to one of the above locations in the back of their trunk.
At each location, officers will take the firearm without asking questions about the donors' identities or how they came to be in posession of the gun.
The exchange will be limited to two firearms per person while the gas certificates last.