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The program, sponsored by Circle K and local law enforcement, encourages people with unused or unsecured guns to give them to authorities so they stay away from criminals or children who take them from their parents.

The Advocate reported on Sunday that guns less than .38 caliber were worth a $50 gas card. Anything higher than .38 caliber was worth $100, except for assault rifles, which were $300:

“I just wanted to get it out of the house for the kids,” said Honeysucker, who gave away two .32-caliber handguns. “If it gets the guns off the streets, I’m for it.”

Honeysucker’s weapons were two of 165 guns that residents handed over to law enforcement agencies Saturday for the second incarnation of Baton Rouge’s voluntary, no-questions-asked gun buyback program, District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Saturday.

Authorities collected more than 250 guns during the first “Gas for Guns” in October 2010, Moore said.

Guns less than .38 caliber were worth a $50 gas card, Moore said. Anything higher than .38 caliber was worth $100, except for assault rifles, which were $300, Moore said.

Source: The Associated Press; Robert Stewart for The Advocate.

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