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Gift Cards for Guns Event Set for Saturday, November 17; Dollar General Partnering with MNPD


Dollar General stores are partnering with the Metro police department, Nashville’s clergy and Crime Stoppers to offer $25-dollar gift cards to families who want to rid their homes of unsafe, unwanted or unused firearms.

Chief Steve Anderson today announced that a holiday season Gift Cards for Guns initiative will be held on Saturday, November 17, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, in the parking lot of Tusculum Hills Baptist Church, 4930 Nolensville Pike. Davidson County citizens will be able to safely exchange real firearms for $25 Dollar General gift cards, no questions asked (limit of 1 gift card per person/2 per family). The gift cards can be used at Dollar General stores to purchase any items, including groceries, gifts and other holiday supplies.

“There is no better time than a week before Thanksgiving for parents, grandparents and other family members to think about any firearms that are in poor working condition or those at risk of falling into the wrong hands, particularly unsupervised young people,” Chief Anderson said. “I applaud Dollar General for joining with us to enhance Nashville’s safety, while, at the same time, helping families with Thanksgiving meal preparations.”

“Dollar General is pleased to partner with the Metro Police department and Crime Stoppers for this Gift Cards for Guns initiative.” said Jeff Owen, Senior Vice-President, Store Operations. "Through our mission of serving others>, we strive to make a difference in the communities we call home through programs such as this initiative."

Nashville’s clergy, including Pastor Wes Baldwin of Tusculum Hills Baptist Church, understand the importance of this community outreach program. “If we prevent even one gun from falling into the wrong hands and being used in an act of violence, this program will have been more than worthwhile,” Baldwin said. 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 MNPD Training Academy will be in the church parking lot on November 17 to receive the guns, ensure that they are unloaded and do not pose any immediate danger. The weapons will then be turned over to an officer from the police department’s property room.

Also at the church from 8 a.m.-12 noon on November 17 will be a special, secured drug collection box in which citizens can safely dispose of outdated and/or unwanted medications.

Two Gift Cards for Guns events held during the past year were resounding successes. Citizens turned in 156 firearms at an event on June 9 at St. Luke Primitive Baptist Church. Last December, 90 guns were surrendered during an event at Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church.