Dozens of firearms are off the streets of Shreveport and Caddo Parish after a Gun Buy-Back on Saturday, January 14, 2017. It was the Parish's first such event, and, according to the Caddo District Attorney's Office, it was a great success!

Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorney Mekisha Smith Creal said, "41 firearms were turned over to be destroyed. As a result, citizens of Caddo Parish received a total of 61 gift cards. That’s $3,050 worth of gift cards."

John Andrew Prime, spokesman for the Caddo DA's Office, tells us how residents could surrender their guns, and get a little cash for them:

The buy-back, held at the Morning Star Baptist Church Life Center at 5340 Jewella Ave., was a joint efforts by the Caddo Parish District Attorney's office, the Caddo Parish Commission and the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office. It allowed parish residents the chance to surrender firearms for the cash gift cards.

The anonymous, drive-up event offered $300 for assault-style rifles, $100 for .380 or larger semi-automatic pistols and $50 for smaller-caliber handgunss, revolvers, rifles and shotguns. Arms surrendered Saturday included such names as Hawes, Hi-Point, Sig Sauer, Sterling Arms, Winchester, Lorcin, Cobra, Mossburg, Raven, Marlow and Smith & Wesson.

Saturday's effort was a test effort, the first of what may be many such outreaches to get firearms off the streets.

"Because this one went well, I'm sure there will be more," Creal said. "They just haven't been scheduled yet."

Caddo Parish Sheriff's deputies unload firearms from a civilian vehicle during the first Caddo Parish Gun Buy-back Saturday, January 14, 2017. - Caddo DA's Office
From left, Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorney Senae D. Hall, homicide investigator Rod Demery, ADA Mekisha Smith Creal and Victim Assistance Coordinator Stephanie Mosley. - Caddo DA's Office