The Father’s Day Rally Committee (FDRC), City Council of Philadelphia and Brown’s Family ShopRite are joining with community and religious leaders for a second Gun Buy Back. The event is part of a yearlong “2021 No Gun Campaign” focused on getting illegal guns off the streets.
The Gun Buy Back event takes place on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Persons can turn in handguns or automatic weapons safely, confidentially, no questions asked and receive a $100 gift certificate to Brown’s ShopRite. Here are the locations:
Mt Airy Church of God and Christ, 6401 Ogontz Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 5732 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Philadelphia ended 2020 with nearly 500 murders, the highest number since 1990, and there were more than 2200 shootings overall. The murder rate continues to soar in 2021 with over 70 homicides and more than 100 shootings.
“We have to be proactive in 2021 and jump ahead of the violence by focusing on getting as many guns off the streets as we can.” said FDRC President Bilal Qayyum. “Many individuals and community groups are doing great work reducing shootings but partnering with the public to limit the number of guns in hands of possible shooters will go a long way in reducing murder.”
FDRC’s first Gun Buy Back, which was sponsored by the greenfield Foundation, was held on January 23 resulted in 224 guns turned in.