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Memphis trading $$, Grizz tix for guns

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

In an effort to reduce the number of firearms on Memphis streets, the city is set to trade for gas cards and Grizzlies tickets.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. the city will give you a $50 MAPCO gas card for every gun you turn in. There is a $150 limit.

"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."

You will also get two free tickets to one of four pre-season Grizzlies home games in October at the FedExForum.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said the parking lot of Bloomfield Baptist Church would be a "judgment free zone" Saturday. No questions will be asked relative to any firearm turned in or any persons participating.

"In 67 percent of the aggravated assaults we've investigated this year, a firearm has been used to commit those crimes," said Director Armstrong. "This is an effort for us to take guns off the street."

The "Gas for Guns" trade-off will take place at the Bloomfield Baptist Church at 123 South Parkway West.

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