Gun buy-back meeting planned at NW Atlanta church

Gun buy-back meeting planned at NW Atlanta church

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The NAACP is holding an information session about its planned gun buy-back program at 6 p.m. at a northwest Atlanta church as part of ongoing efforts to cut back on gun-related violence in the community.

The group would like to hear from the community at the informational session at Mount Ephraim Baptist Church Family Fellowship Center at 1202 West Marietta Street. The event is part of Project Rescue Atlanta, being called Phase 1. Note: No guns will be bought back at the June 19 event. Please do not bring firearms to the event!

The NAACP held a similar event in May, at which Atlanta NAACP President Dr. R.L. White referenced College Park's gun buyback in February. Some of the guns brought to that event were purchased were old or inoperable. He says the goal is to recover firearms that are a real threat to the community.

"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," White said.

White says gun violence has dominated the newscasts and headlines in metro Atlanta for far too long.

In addition to calling for people to help get more guns out of the wrong hands, the Task Force is soliciting community support, ideas, suggestions, funds, questions and concerns to help make the effort a success.

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