156 Firearms Turned In During Gift Cards for Guns Event
June 9th’s Gift Cards for Guns event was a major success as citizens exchanged a total of 156 firearms (104 pistols and 52 rifles & shotguns) for $50 MAPCO gift cards.
The gun turn-in was held for four hours, 8 a.m.-12 noon, at St. Luke Primitive Baptist Church, 135 Lewis Street. Sponsored by Metro Police, MAPCO, St. Luke Pastor Frank Stevenson, other Nashville clergy, Crime Stoppers and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, the program was designed to take unsafe and unwanted guns out of Nashville’s neighborhoods.
“Nashville is safer because of the Gift Cards for Guns Initiative,” Chief Steve Anderson said, noting that among the weapons surrendered were three sawed off shotguns and one sawed off rifle. “These are 156 firearms that will not find their way back into the community where they could perhaps fall into the hands of a child or a person up to no good.”