NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - This Saturday, people could earn up to $200 for turning in a firearm during a gun buyback event.
The NOPD along with New Orleans City Council member Nadine Ramsey and the Metropolitan Crime Commission will host the event at St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church, 1738 L.B. Landry Drive on Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is part of an effort to reduce gun violence in the community.
Organizers say those who bring in a fully functional unloaded firearm can anonymously exchange it for gift cards.
The NOPD says $100 gift cards will be given for each handgun, shotgun and rifle. Those who turn in an assault rifle will get a $200 gift card. A limit of five guns per person will be strictly enforced. NOPD officers will provide security for the event.
Additional sponsors for the event include Congressman Cedric Richmond, State Senator Troy Brown, State Representative Gary Carter, Jefferson Parish Councilman Mark Spears, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Second City Clerk Darren Lombard, Second City Constable Edwin Shorty, the Metro Service Group, Entergy and Harrah's Casino New Orleans.