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'No questions asked': Toledo to hold gun buyback for gas gift cards

Participants can receive up to $250 in gas gift cards for a single gun in the buyback event.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Editor's note: The attached video above is from an unrelated story that aired on Aug. 16, 2022. 

The city of Toledo is holding a gun buyback event on Sept. 10, at the Frederick Douglass Center in central Toledo.

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will accept any gun in exchange for gas gift cards, 'no questions asked.' No ID is required to surrender a weapon.

It is funded by the Lucas County Prosecutor's Office.

According to a flyer from the city, guns can be exchanged for the following amounts in gift cards:

Handguns: $100

Shotguns and rifles: $200

Automatic weapons: $250

Ammunition may also be returned, but cannot be exchanged for gift cards.

The number of firearms surrendered is equal to the number of gift cards received, but quantities are limited and subject to availability. All gift cards are valid at any BP gas station.

"Any gun can kill you regardless. whether it's a handgun, a shotgun or whatever the case may be, but we want to make sure we are putting more incentive out there to get more dangerous guns off the street," Toledo Police Department Chief George Kral said.

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Both functioning and non-functioning firearms are accepted, but weapons must be cleared and unloaded of ammunition when surrendered.

Even if just a few guns are exchanged, it's a step toward reducing gun violence.

"It's not like we're going to get heavy-duty firearms off our streets, but anything we can do as an administration to get guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them, I'm all for," Kral said.

For questions regarding the event, call the city of Toledo at 419-936-2020 or click here

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