The NAACP is making an effort to reduce gun violence by holding an information session on a future gun buy-back program at a church in northwest Atlanta.
The program will be taking place at Mount Ephraim Baptist Church Family Fellowship Center, 1202 West Marietta St, and will allow people to sell their firearms to keep guns out of Atlanta communities. The event starts at 6 p.m.
The NAACP has held an event like this before, however the guns that were sold were either old or nonfunctional. Atlanta NAACP President Dr. R.L. White says that the goal of the project is to remove guns that threaten the streets of Atlanta.
“We don’t want people getting guns out of the closet they had in there 50 years and just selling it to get some money. That’s not what we’re trying to do,” said White.
White says that gun violence has become an all-too-common issue in the media. The Task Force is asking the people of Atlanta to help change this by keeping guns out of the wrong hands.
Tonight’s session is for information only and organizers have asked that no one bring firearms to the event.