Posted: Aug 23, 2014 8:06 PM by Greg Renoud
Updated: Aug 23, 2014 8:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office says 74 firearms were turned in at Saturday's "Gas for Guns" exchange. That includes 53 handguns, 12 rifles, and 9 shot guns.
It's part of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination's mission to make the streets of Baton Rouge safer.
People turning in guns were rewarded with gift cards to a gas station, which ranged in value from $50 to $300 depending on the type of gun.
Hillar Moore, District Attorney, says today's event is important because the biggest threat is not always the gun's owner.
"The whole idea behind this is just to get guns that kids can get their hands on. Earlier this year, we had a teenager killed by a gun that was unsecure. And that's the idea, to get the gun secure, to get them out of that home, and get them somewhere that we can take care of them," said Moore.
This is the fourth time BRAVE has held "Gas for Guns." The overall total is now 574 firearms turned in.