MNPD Offers Gift Cards In Exchange For Guns

Posted at 4:08 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 16:13:48-04

In an effort to stop gun violence, the Metro Nashville Police Department announced they would offer a gift card in exchange for a gun.

MNPD Chief Steve Anderson and clergy members made the announcement in joint press conference Wednesday.

Anyone who turns over their guns will received a $50 MAPCO gift card and a $25 Kroger gift card.

The weapons can be dropped off at Greater Revelations Church Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

So far this year eight teenagers have died from gun violence in Nashville and nine teens have been arrested and charged with homicide. Nearly 200 teens have been charged with a weapons violation.

Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said gun violence has increased within the U.S., Nashville isn't immune to that trend.

He hoped Saturday's event will cut down on the gun violence - especially among teens.

"We’re not taking names, we’re simply asking if you have a firearm at home that you do not want in your house, or you want to keep it out of the hands of a juvenile, please bring it to this church," said Anderson.

Over the last five years, Metro was able to collect 460 guns at this event. The event will wrap up around 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Greater Revelations Church is located 1027 12th Avenue South. Only one Mapco and Kroger card will be given out per family for guns.