Austin 8 News
June 6, 2010
There was an overwhelming response to the Austin Police Department’s first ever “Guns for Groceries” event. Hundreds of people turned out Saturday to exchange unwanted guns for vouchers to buy groceries.
The line is very shocking to me. We had people in the parking lot at 7:30 a.m. waiting to turn their guns in, and the event did not start until 9 a.m,” APD’s Sgt. Ely Reyes said.
Department officials ran out of grocery vouchers after about two and a half hours.
APD asked the community to turn in any gun, no questions asked. In exchange, people got anywhere from $10 to $200 in grocery store gift cards.