Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at 1:53 pm  |  19 responses

Grizzlies Offering Free Tickets In Exchange For Turned-In Firearms

A noble piece of NBA news this afternoon: The Memphis Grizzlies, who are in no need of increased fan attendance, are offering a promotion to help reduce violence in the city of Memphis. This Saturday, the Grizz will join forces with Bloomfield Baptist church in an effort to collect, and dispose of, unnecessary firearms currently on the streets. For every gun that is turned in—no questions asked and no background checks performed, of course—the “donor” will receive two free tickets to an upcoming preseason game. Via the Memphis Commercial Appeal: “The city of Memphis will trade gas cards and Grizzlies tickets for guns in a ‘judgement-free’ program designed to reduce the number of weapons on the streets. During the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bloomfield Baptist Church, the city and its partners plan to hand over a $50 Mapco gas card for each gun a person turns in, limited to three guns, or $150 worth of gas cards, per person. Those who surrender guns will also receive two free tickets to a preseason Memphis Grizzlies game. Mapco is footing the bill for the gas cards. Sponsors also include Clear Channel and the Memphis Grizzlies. ‘We’re doing everything we can to get guns off the streets,’ said Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong. The guns will be taken on a ‘no questions asked’ basis and will be destroyed. The weapons will not be tested or inspected to determine if they were used in a crime, according to police department spokeswoman Karen Rudolph. ‘This is a judgment-free zone,’ said Armstrong. ‘You can just turn in the gun and simply walk away. We just want the guns.’”

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  • Kevin

    Good gesture by them, they need to do something to cut down on all the murders in Memphis. That place is wild. I was upset when they stopped shooting First 48 episodes down there

  • Caboose

    Can’t help but support this. NRA members, hold your tongue, this is simply a good gesture trying to do something right.

  • ALD

    Every NBA TEAM should do this

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    this is an amazing movement. props memphis, makes me root for the organization

  • http://SLAMonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Another reason I’m on the Grizzlies bandwagon.

  • Chukaz

    I love how the offer is limited to 3 guns. I guess there is such a thing as too much safety. This is a pretty pointless cause. If you own a gun and it’s just for protection or whatever, you’re not gonna turn it in. You don’t use it anyways. That doesn’t decrease the amount of gun violence. If you do use your gun to commit crime then congratulations! The police just offered to destroy the evidence for you.

  • Kevin

    Most people…correction most smart people get rid of their gun after they commit a crime anyway the police know that. They not looking to bust people they just want to try to get the guns off the streets. The hard issue is getting people from the hoods and ghettos of Memphis to participate in this and give those guns up. Is it a perfect solution? No it isnt, but I commend them for trying to do something to bring down the violence.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    “The sky is falling nobody ballin’ they done gave back all the guns for some tickets to the playoffs but the Hornets they won. Nigga we slum, kept all the guns ’cause I gotta protect my family, drove the biggest thing at the house ’cause I knew they’d try to ram me…”

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Most guns turned in at gun buyback programs are turned in by law abiding citizens who have weapons at their homes that they just want to get out of the building. all guns are checked by police against ballistics from crimes to see if they match before the weapons are destroyed.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    There is very little chance this will reduce murders. It could, however, reduce those shooting committed by accident.

  • Kevin

    But man Memphis been f**ked up for a long time though. They need to do something about that city. That’s the perfect example of a city that’s lovely in one area but downright scary in another, I got a cousin from Orange Mound all he talks about is how bad it is

  • spit hot fiyah

    No Gilbert arenas jokes yet?

  • shutup

    Why would an NRA member have a problem with this? As an NRA member I support gun control and regulations; as long as they don’t go to far. If this program gets a gun out of one at risk kids hand I am all for it, I just don’t see someone trading a legally bought gun (unless it is broken) for a $50 -max $100 ticket) the cheapest handgun and I am talking about nothing more than a paperweight is like $179 not really a fair trade, that is why I assume this is to target kids.

  • bike

    If someone turns in three AK-47s, they should get courtside seat tickets when the Jazz come to town.

  • GC6

    If you are a law abiding citizen and hand in your guns you are crazy.

  • shawnkemp4prez

    haha trading guns for bball tix and “limited to three guns” Only in M-town!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Interesting… that the city of Memphis wants to “dispose of guns” while the US is arming Syrian terrorists and the Ugandan-Rwandan occupation of the Congo. You couldn’t make this sh!t up.
    But if it actually does reduce violence, kudos to the Grizzlies.

  • bigA

    Kirilenko is a timberwolf now.

  • Max

    Didn’t know Memphis was such a hard city.