(Memphis) Police collected a pile of guns last year, and Director Toney Armstrong is calling the Guns For Gas program a huge success.
“We took over 500 guns off the street and no matter how you look at it, we had to save some lives.”
It’s a big priority in a city that’s fighting to rid itself of crime and to get guns off the street and out of the hands of criminals.
And what better way to do it than to offer $50 in gas, groceries or Grizzlies tickets.
You can trade up to three guns.
“I don’t know anyone in these tough economic times who couldn’t use an extra 150 dollars.”
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton calls the program an amazing success, but says he’s not naive and knows Memphis’ gun problem is much bigger than free giveaways can solve, but that they sure can’t hurt.
“There is no such thing as this is the answer to gun violence, but just one more thing we can try.”