Over 700 guns traded for gas, groceries - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Over 700 guns traded for gas, groceries

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More than 700 guns are now off the streets, traded for gas and groceries in an effort to make the streets of Memphis safer.

The guns were turned in at the Pimpkin Building on Tiger Lane. The drive through event had people from all over the Mid-South to turn in their guns to Memphis police officers and receive gift cards from, Kroger and Mapco.

"I had a gun that I wanted to turn in, I needed to dispose of and didn't want to throw it in the trash," said Bob Phillips.

Mayor A C Wharton called the event a success.

"It’s bringing relief to people in whatever way that they feel they need relief and it’s just been a success," Wharton said.

MPD director Toney Armstrong thanked those who supported the event.

"It’s been a completely heartwarming feeling to come out here and see how citizens have supported this campaign,” Armstrong said. “I can’t thank our sponsors enough for stepping in and making sure that we had the proceeds to do this this year."

Organizers said if one death is avoided, this event would be a success. They said 437 handguns and 283 rifles were turned in at today’s event.

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