Metro police receive nearly 200 guns in exchange for gift cards

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) –  On Saturday, 198 guns were traded for gift cards in the Gift Cards for Guns event in Nashville.

It’s an effort to keep the streets of Nashville safe, especially as the holiday season approaches.

Greater Revelations Missionary Baptist Church hosted the event along with Metro Police and Nashville Crime Stoppers.

Officers from the Metro Nashville Police Department Training Academy were in the church parking lot to receive all guns and to make sure they were unloaded and posed no immediate danger.

Each family that turned in a gun during the event received a $50 MAPCO gift card that can be used to purchase gasoline, and a $25 Kroger gift card that can be used to purchase a Thanksgiving turkey, ham, or other holiday meal elements.

No questions were asked of those surrendering their fire arms.

This was the MNPD’s 6th Gift Cards for Guns give a way since 2011. A total of 460 firearms were turned in during the five previous events.

We are asking all parents and guardians of juveniles, particularly teenagers, to seriously ask themselves whether there is an unwanted firearm in the home that could potentially be carried unlawfully by a teen,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “There may also be situations where a person wants to get an unwanted gun out of the house, but did not know how to do so responsibly.  This Gift Cards for Guns event affords that opportunity.”

The event was held at Greater Revelations Missionary Baptist Church, 1027 12th Ave. N, just off Jefferson Street Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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