ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - In an effort to address the recent gun related incidents and crime in Alexandria, Mayor Jeff Hall announcing a gun buyback program.
Saturday afternoon 147 guns were turned in at the Old Fire Station No. 2 on Broadway Ave. which includes 39 handguns and 108 rifles/shotguns.
Alexandria Police Department officials and officers from Louisiana State Police in conjunction with the Safe Alex program assisted in exchanging guns for cash.
Those who brought handguns were given $50 and $100 dollars were given for rifles, no questions asked.
The city allotted $10,000 for gun returns and ran out of the money halfway through, but for those who came and returned guns after the money ran out will still get paid on Monday.
Mayor Jeff Hall said he is satisfied with the response from the public.
“Awareness is the key word and we wanted to make sure that we put that out there,” Mayor Hall said. “We know that the gun buyback isn't going to stop anything but we can make people aware of guns and gun safety and be aware of the fact that there are options to give people a chance to participate in and this is one way to participate.”
Hall also added, he has hopes to make this a semi-annual event.
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