In an effort to reduce the number of unsecured firearms on Baton Rouge streets, Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden, District Attorney Hillar Moore, III, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie and Circle K are joining forces for a “Gas for Guns” exchange program on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Living Faith Christian Center, 6375 Winbourne Avenue.
The “no questions asked” gun buyback program, in partnership with the Circle K Corporation, the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) program and local and federal law enforcement agencies, will offer from $50 to $300 in gas coupons for each qualifying handgun and assault weapon.
Mayor Holden said the program will allow residents to safely dispose of firearms and ammunition that they no longer want to keep at their homes.
Unsecured guns can be especially dangerous to children, the Mayor said. He also noted that every year, crimes are committed with unsecured guns that have been stolen or used without the owners’ permission.