Turn in a gun and get free gas: That's the premise for the city's "Gas for Guns" event scheduled for Saturday, September 15th at Bloomfield Baptist Church (123 S. Parkway West) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
No questions will be asked of those who surrender their weapons. But participants will be given a $50 Mapco gas card for each gun turned in, as well as two Memphis Grizzlies tickets. There's a limit of three gas cards per person.
“Crime, especially violent crime, is often fueled by relatively easy access to firearms,” said Mayor A C Wharton. “Last year, 1,600 guns were reported stolen here in Memphis. Those guns didn’t just evaporate and disappear. They ended up on the street."