BRAVE hosts Gas for Guns event with Circle K

Area authorities hold 'Gas for Guns' gun buyback event

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Law enforcement is teaming up with Circle K to give people a chance to turn in firearms in exchange for gas.

The event is an effort to reduce the number of unsecured guns in Baton Rouge. Circle K has joined the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) program to host the event.

The "no questions asked" gun buyback event will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McKowen Missionary Baptist Church. The church is located at 1255 Louise Street in Baton Rouge.

People will be offered from $50 to $300 in gas cards for each qualifying weapon. Officers will accept the guns without questioning the person's identities or how the guns came into their possession. There is a limit of two guns per person until all the gas coupons are gone.

The following is the breakdown for what gas cards will be offered for certain firearms:

  • $50: Any functional, non-replica pistol or revolver smaller than 0.380 caliber
  • $100: Pistols that are 0.380 caliber or greater
  • $300: "Assault Style" rifle, as long as they are a functional variant of an automatic or semi-automatic rifle that is currently in use by military forces with a caliber of 9 mm, 7.62 mm or 5.56 mm

Law enforcement say that any other firearm or ammunition can also be dropped off for safe disposal and destruction without a gas card exchange.

Officials say anyone who plans to drop off a firearm should place it in their trunk if they plan to arrive by car, and those arriving on foot should have their guns in a sealed or closed containers like a bag or box.

Anyone not comfortable taking a weapon to the site can, at any time, call their local police or sheriff station to have it picked up. However, gas cards will not be available at any other time than on Saturday, Feb. 20.

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