These rifles were among some of the weapons collected Jan. 17, 2013, during the annual Gift Cards for Guns event sponsored by the Murfreesboro Police Department in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (TMP Photo/M. Willard)
The Murfreesboro Police Department collected about 20 guns at its Gift Cards for Guns event held Thursday afternoon, spokesman Kyle Evans said.
The Police Department partnered with the Murfreesboro chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Central Christian Church in an effort to get unsafe, unwanted and unused firearms out of the city’s neighborhoods and away from young hands.
Murfreesboro residents were able to safely exchange real firearms for Kroger gift cards with no questions asked. BB guns, pellet guns, paintball guns and toy guns were also accepted but not eligible for a gift card exchange.
“All of the partners in this initiative want to make the safety of our community a top priority in 2013," Chief of Police Glenn Chrisman said.
Officers certified in firearms and community relations officers were also on hand to receive the guns, to ensure they were unloaded, and did not pose any immediate danger. The weapons will be turned over to an evidence technician from the department’s property room.
Maj. Clyde Adkison said illegal and non-working guns will be disposed of properly while working guns will be traded, auctioned or sold.