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Gas for Guns June 11th in Waterloo

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The idea of trading in an old gun, anonymously, is not a new one. Involving a gas station, is.

"It just seemed like it was good for our town, good for the order if you will -- and we can help. And with the price of gasoline, gas for guns made a lot of good sense," said Shell Service Station owner Jim Lind.

"It's been several years since we've done it, so we're anxious to get involved in this one again," noted Waterloo Police Captain Tim Pillack.

In 2002, officers collected more than 100 guns in a buyback program. After that, Waterloo was forced to end the program when the president eliminated federal funding.

Nearly a decade later, Lind is giving the trade-in new life by donating $5,000 in fuel gift cards.

"An idea that I saw in a trade journal, it'd been done in other communities and was very successful," said Lind.

With the price of gas holding at around $4.00 a gallon, Lind figured there's a lot of people who would rather fill their tank two or three times, then hang onto their old hand gun.

"You can easily spend $50 on a tank of gas these days, so if you get three tankfuls for free, that goes a long way to help your summer budget," he said.

Here's how it works. You bring a functioning firearm to the drop-off site (the parking lot south of Waterloo Fire Station #1) on June 11th from 10:00-2:00. Make sure the firearm is in a sealed container in your car's trunk, or in the bed of your truck.

In return, you'll receive a $100 gas card for a rifle or shotgun, and $150 for a handgun. Each person is limited to two trade-ins, to prevent someone from exchanging firearms for commercial gain.

The exchange is anonymous -- police won't ask for your name or where you got the firearm.

"Let's say somebody knows they're in possession of a stolen gun or an illegal gun. This is a good way for them to get rid of it without getting into trouble," said Pillack.

It's also a good way to get a gun off the street, and gas in your tank.

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