This Saturday Nashvillians will have the opportunity to turn in unsafe, unwanted and unused firearms to help keep them out of the hands of young people.
MAPCO, the Metro Nashville Police Department, some of Nashville’s clergy and Crime Stoppers are teaming up for the Gift Cards for Guns Initiative scheduled to take place on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of St. Luke Primitive Baptist Church, at 135 Lewis St.
The public will be able to exchange real firearms for $50 MAPCO gift cards, no questions asked.
Police Chief Steve Anderson said, “Nashville parents, grandparents and other citizens who know of firearms that are in poor working condition or are of significant risk of falling into the wrong hands, particularly now that school is out, are invited to surrender them safely on June 9 and receive gift cards that will be good for gasoline or groceries at MAPCO stores.”
Board members from Nashville Crime Stoppers will staff a booth at the event to distribute the gift cards and to answer questions from the community about its 29-year cash reward program for information on those who have committed major crimes.
Officers from the police training academy will receive the guns. The weapons will then be turned over to an officer from the police department’s property room.