Along with Mayor Kasim Reed, Rev. Creflo Dollar, Dr. Joseph E. Lowery and a number of other community activists, the Atlanta NAACP will hold a gun buyback event Thursday in the Grey Lot of Turner Field.
The NAACP says it is holding the event in response to an increase of crimes involving firearms in schools, public and federal buildings, and neighborhoods across America. After a year of planning and preparation, the event is scheduled to finally happen with V-103 and WAOK broadcasting live.
The organization says it is looking for operative guns including .22 calibers, shotguns, assault weapons and riffles, and others but will also accept inoperative guns for gift card exchange. The NAACP is looking to get 1,000 guns off the streets.
“As we look to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP plans to kick- off the King Holiday with a day of non-violence,” said NAACP Atlanta President Dr. RL White. “The NAACP wants to make it clear, we are not asking any questions, we just want the guns off the street.”
During the gun buyback event, a local sheriff and police department will work with the NAACP Atlanta branch to make sure no laws are violated and the guns will be handled by the legal community after procured. The NAACP will administer the actual buyback.
In addition to Reed, Dollar and Lowery, expected participants in the citywide effort include Rev. Dr. R.L. White, Atlanta NAACP President and Senior Pastor of Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church; Stephanie Johnson, Project Rescue Chairperson (Atlanta NAACP); members of the Executive Committee of the NAACP and members of Project Rescue Atlanta task force; Dr. Marvin Harris, Senior Pastor, New Life Ministries; Reggie Rouse of V-103 and Jean Ross of WAOK; Atlanta Religious Leaders; and community organizations including: Atlanta Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office; Atlanta Victim Assistance; Men Stopping Violence Organization; PADV (Partnership Against Domestic Violence); Wells of Wholeness, Concerned Black Clergy, Atlanta Baptist Union, New Era Convention, True Light Baptist Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, and True Life Ministries, Inc.
The gun buyback event begins at 9:00 a.m. Thursday at Turner Field’s Grey Lot, at the corner of Ralph David Abernathy and Central Ave.