South Nashville's First-Ever Gift Cards for Guns Event is a Strong Success
South Nashville’s first-ever Gift Cards for Guns event was a strong success
today as citizens exchanged a total of 91 firearms (76 pistols, 1 sawed-off
shotgun and 14 long guns) for $25 Dollar General gift cards.
The gun turn-in program was held for four hours, 8 a.m.-12 noon, in the
parking lot of Tusculum Hills Baptist Church, 4930 Nolensville Pike. Sponsored
by Metro Police, Dollar General, Tusculum Hills Pastor Wesley Baldwin, other
Nashville clergy and Crime Stoppers, the Gift Cards for Guns program is designed
to take unsafe and unwanted firearms out of Nashville’s neighborhoods.
“As a result of today’s third Gift Cards for Guns initiative since last
December, a total of 337 firearms are now off the streets and will not find
their way back into neighborhoods where they might have fallen into the hands of
a criminal or even a child,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “Nashville is safer
because of our partnership with outstanding businesses like Dollar General,
ministers throughout the community and Crime Stoppers.”
Citizens turned in 156 guns in June in exchange for MAPCO gift cards. Ninety
firearms were surrendered last December in exchange for Kroger gift cards.
Dollar General Vice President Steve Brophy (left) and Mayor Karl Dean (center) watch as Chief Steve Anderson examines a sawed-off shotgun turned in during today’s Gift Cards for Guns event.
This pistol, concealed in the pages of a 1986 Nashville telephone book, is one of 74 handguns received during today’s four-hour program.