"Gas for Guns" exchange Dec. 14
BATON ROUGE - Organizers in East Baton Rouge Parish announced the "Gas for Guns" exchange program is making its return on Saturday, Dec. 14.
The gun buyback program will give people a gas coupon worth $50 to $300 for each handgun or assault weapon, with no questions asked. Previous buybacks collected 262 unsecured guns in 2010 and 165 firearms in 2011.
District Attorney Moore said the exchange program is offering the highest incentive for assault rifles because they are the most expensive and are the weapons of choice for many criminals.
Mayor Kip Holden said the program will allow people to safely dispose of firearms and ammunition they don't want to keep in their homes any longer, and that it keeps unsecured guns from getting into the hands of criminals.
The program is funded by a donation from the Circle K Corporation and matching funds from local law enforcement drug seizure and asset forfeitures.
The buyback will happen at the Living Faith Christian Center at 6375 Winbourne Avenue from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Officers will accept firearms without questions about the donors' identities or how they got possession of the weapons. People are limited to two firearms each until the gas cards have been all given out. If you're arriving in a car, firearms should be kept in the trunk. If arriving by foot, firearms should be kept in a sealed or closed container such as a bag, backpack or box.
People who don't want to go to the collection site can also contact local law enforcement anytime to make arrangements for them to collect any unwanted weapons and ammo, but gas cards will only be given out on the day of the buyback.