Trading guns for gas and a cause
BATON ROUGE, LA — Dozens of people lined up to trade their guns in for gas money in Baton Rouge. It's all part of an initiative to keep your kids safe by getting unsecured and illegal guns off the streets and out of the hands of children.
Darrell Boudreaux's trading in his gun, but this isn't just any gun. It has a story behind it.
"A rifle my uncle gave me back in 1963 in World War II. It's a Japanese 7.7, and I haven't use it in 50 years," Boudreaux said.
Boudreaux and dozens of others are trading in their rifles, pistols, and handguns for a cause and for gas money.
"Well it's just been sitting in my work room for 50 years," Boudreaux said. "So I decided, if I was going to get rid of it, now is a good time."
This is part of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program's , or BRAVE for short, Gas for Guns exchange. In partnership with Circle K, people can donate any type of gun. So it can be properly disposed of and, more importantly, get out of the wrong hands.
"I think that's great because there's too many illegal guns out on the street right now," Boudreaux said. "I think that a lot of these that are turned today are illegal, probably stolen guns that people have either taken away from their kids found in their house or in their yards even."
"That's what we're here to do is to try to get those unsecured weapons out of the hands, out of the way, and out of the sight and minds of young kids, so that young kids aren't killed accidentally," District Attorney Hillar Moore said.
People who donate can get up to $300 in gas depending on the gun, and there's a "no questions asked" policy where donors don't have to tell their identities
"If it's either stolen or has been used in a crime, they're going to be secured, and we are going to keep that weapon. The guns that are not and have not been will eventually be destroyed. If a guns stolen, it will be given back to it's rightful owner," Moore said. "Hopefully, we save someone's life."
They've collected more than 400 guns since they began this program in 2010.