“Gun Buy Back: Gas for Guns,” multi-agency event offering gas cards in exchange for weapons

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, and TRUCE Baton Rouge are working together on a gun buyback event this weekend.

Details on where and when the “Gun Buy Back: Gas for Guns” event is taking place can be found below:

Image courtesy of TRUCE Baton Rouge

If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, organizers ask that you follow these procedures:

Citizens who want to drop off a firearm are asked to follow the directions provided below:

  • Have the firearm and any ammunition that you wish to exchange in the trunk of your car. If you are not in a car, have the firearm and any ammunition in a sealed and closed container (bag, back-pack, box, etc.).
  • Upon arrival at the exchange location, advise the officer that you would like to dispose of a firearm. Do not hand the firearm to the officer. Follow all of the directions of that officer. The officer will tell you where to park. For safety reasons you are asked to stay in your vehicle at all times. The officer will take the weapon and container from your vehicle and ensure its safety. You will then be directed on the procedures for obtaining your exchange cards at that site.
  • When your exchange has been completed, please drive away from the exchange location so that other vehicles can be assisted.

According to District Attorney Hillar C. Moore’s Office, “this program has been designed to encourage citizens to properly secure their firearms or dispose of them by turning them into local law enforcement with no questions asked.”

The most anyone can receive during this ‘Gun Buy Back’ event is $300.00.

Total Guns retrieved: 32 functioning guns plus 2 pellet guns.

Total amount of gas cards given: $2,550

Break down of guns turned in:

Shotguns: 8

Assault Rifles:  1

Semi-Auto Pistols: 11

Revolvers:  8

Rifles:  3

Lever Action: 1

Pellet: 2

Total:  34

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