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Gift Cards for Guns Exchange Strongly Successful

6/8/2013

June 8, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Today’s Gift Cards for Guns event was strongly successful as citizens exchanged a total of  62 guns (27 pistols and 35 rifles & shotguns) for MAPCO gift cards, Tennessee Titans hats and Nashville Predators tickets.  Among the weapons were a sawed-off rifle and a sawed-off shotgun.

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 MAPCO, Metro Police, St. Luke Pastor Frank Stevenson and his congregation, other Nashville clergy, Crime Stoppers and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, the program provides an avenue for parents, grandparents and other citizens to safely turn over unwanted firearms to police, no questions asked.  The Titans & Predators joined in the effort by providing hats and tickets.

“This program is all about enhancing the safety of families,” Chief Steve Anderson said.

“The guns surrendered today are now not at risk of falling into the hands of a child or someone with criminal intentions.”  

A total of 399 guns have been surrendered as a result of the four Gift Cards for Guns initiatives held today, in November 2012, June 2012 and December 2011.

Collected guns

Mayor Karl Dean examines a sawed-off rifle.  Joining him (l-r) are Chief Steve Anderson, Pastor Frank Stevenson, Maurice Fitzgerald and Crime Stoppers Board President Dwayne Duhon.

Pastor Frank Stevenson tells reporters that programs such as Gift Cards for Guns play an important role in the safety of neighborhoods.

Mayor Dean and Chief Anderson joined Pastor Stevenson on an impromptu walk through the J.C. Napier community.