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Nearly 100 firearms exchanged for gift cards

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Citizens exchanged a total of 91 firearms (76 pistols, 1 sawed-off shotgun and 14 long guns) for $25 Dollar General gift cards in South Nashville's first-ever Gift Cards for Guns event.

The gun turn-in program was held for four hours, 8 a.m. to 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.

In addition to firearms, police also accepted unwanted medications. Citizens turned in about 39 pounds worth, according to police.

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