Nearly 200 guns turned in during ‘Gift Cards for Guns’ event - WSMV News 4

Nearly 200 guns turned in during ‘Gift Cards for Guns’ event

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Nearly 200 guns are off the streets thanks to an event held by the Metro Nashville Police Department on Saturday.

The Gift Cards for Guns event took place at the Greater Revelations Missionary Baptist Church on 12th Avenue North.

People stopped by the church and turned in weapons with no questions asked.

In return, they received a $50 MAPCO gift card to purchase gas and a $25 Kroger gift card to buy a Thanksgiving turkey, ham, or other items needed for a holiday meal.

"As the holiday season quickly approaches, it is especially important that we take the time to think about our loved ones, especially children, and whether there are things we can do to help keep them safe. An unwanted gun brought in during the Gift Cards for Guns event is one less firearm that could fall into the wrong hands," said Chief Steve Anderson.

In all, 198 guns were turned in on Saturday. 

The annual event, which started in 2011, was co-sponsored by Nashville Crime Stoppers and local pastors. 

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