The Metro Police Department in Nashville, Tenn., working in conjunction with local pastors and a Kroger grocery store, helped exchange 90 guns for 90 Kroger gift cards on Saturday in a cooperative effort to keep dangerous firearms off the streets.
“This program was worthwhile if we prevented just one gun from falling into the wrong hands,” said police chief Steve Anderson. “I believe we did that today thanks to our great partnership with area ministers and Kroger.”
The Gift Cards for Guns Initiative invited people from the local community to turn in their unsafe, unwanted or unused guns in exchange for a $25 Kroger grocery store gift card, which was donated by the grocery store. The police took a “no questions asked” approach to the event, so that anyone could turn in a firearm and receive a gift card and without fear of being interrogated.
An officer from the department’s training academy was on hand to receive the guns and to safely secure them, and The Tennessean reports that 10 other officers, some on foot and others on horseback, were also in attendance.
The event was held at Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Bordeaux, a church led by police department volunteer chaplain Michael Joyner. In just four hours, the police department collected 73 pistols, nine shotguns (one of them which was “sawed-off”) and eight rifles that were unsafe, unwanted or simply unused by members of the area community.
“This is all about making our community safer and lessening the chances of gun-related heartbreaking tragedies,” Joyner said.
Source: Christian Post | Jeff Schapiro