Posted: Nov 2, 2011 11:12 AM by Brittany Rivas
Updated: Nov 2, 2011 6:51 PM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge authorities announced their plans for the parish's second "Gas for Guns" buyback program today.
Police will collect weapons anonymously at two churches in the parish. In return, people get gas certificates worth $50 to $300 at Circle K stations for each qualifying handgun or assault weapon they turn in. The larger caliber the weapon, the higher the payout.
At each location, officers will receive the firearms without asking questions about the donors' identities or how they came to be in possession of the guns. The exchange program will be limited to two firearms per person while the gas coupons last.
Donors arriving by car should place their firearms in the trunk, so that the law enforcement officers can unload them at the church.
Those arriving by truck or on foot should place their firearms in a sealed or closed container, such as a bag, backpack or box.
At each of the participating churches, law enforcement officers will be on hand to accept and check the firearms, and to issue the gas coupons.
Donors who are uncomfortable with delivering their firearms to the churches can call any local police or sheriff's station during the week following the "Gas for Guns" program to have the guns picked up at their residences. However, no gas coupons will be provided for those exchanges.
According to Mayor-President Kip Holden's office, last year 262 guns were dropped off and $16,600 in gas coupons were given out.
This year's Gas for Guns exchange is scheduled for Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Living Faith Christian Center on Winbourne and the England Oaks Baptist Church on Maple Drive.