BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge leaders are joining forces with a convenience store chain in an effort to reduce the number of unsecured guns on the streets.
BRAVE and other agencies are partnering with Circle K for a "Gas for Guns" initiative. The "no questions asked" gun buyback program will offer gas coupons worth $50 to $300 for each qualifying weapon.
The event will be held at Elm Grove Baptist Church on North 38th Street on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. Here is a breakdown of what a person can receive:
Less than .38 caliber handgun - $50 gas certificate
.38 caliber or larger handgun - $100 gas certificate
Assault-style rifle - $300 gas certificate
Here is the proper procedure for turning in a gun:
Put the gun in the trunk of the car to take it to the location
If you don't go by car, bring the weapon in a sealed container (bag, box, bookbag, etc.)
Follow the instructions of the officers
The program collected 53 handguns, 12 rifles and 8 shotguns worth a total of $5,350 in gas cards in August.