New Orleans buy back at church nets more than 100 guns

St. Roch Community Church in New Orleans. (Photo: Sojourn Fellowship)

St. Roch Community Church in New Orleans. (Photo: Sojourn Fellowship)

A gun buy back event held in the St. Roch neighborhood of New Orleans netted over 100 guns last weekend.

The Associated Press reported the “no questions asked” buy back was the second such event to take place in New Orleans.

Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey indicated 67 pistols, 19 shotguns and 26 rifles were turned in at St. Roch Community Church, with $100 doled out for handguns and $200 for “assault weapons.”

Only working guns were accepted and a there was a five-gun-per-person limit.

Ramsey said the event was meant to offer the people of New Orleans a way to anonymously dispose of unwanted firearms and would hopefully help to reduce gun violence in the city.

According to Times-Picayune data, there have already been 92 murders in New Orleans in 2017. There were a total of 175 murders in 2016.