Posted: Nov 19, 2011 5:05 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Nov 19, 2011 5:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of people turned in their unwanted guns for gas coupons during the second "Gas for Guns" exchange in East Baton Rouge Parish.
People anonymously dropped off weapons at two churches in the city-parish between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and received a gas card worth between $50 and $300 depending on the type of weapon.
The goal of Gas for Guns is to get weapons off the streets to make our community a safer place.
Last year, authorities collected 262 weapons, including a dozen assault-style weapons according to the Mayor-President's office.
The city uses money seized off the streets along with donations from Circle K to fund the project. Gas for Guns is sponsored by the District Attorney, the Mayor, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff, and the Baton Rouge Police Chief.