ATLANTA (WAOK)-Atlanta NAACP President Rev. R.L. White said he had a meeting with one of the members of his church not too long ago that caused him to put together an event that will hopefully save lives. White spoke about an angry father who was threatening to shoot his son until he turned over his weapon at Reverend White’s request. “I told him to just give me the gun until things cooled off and I would give it back to him’ White said. From that incident over a year ago, Rev. White came up with the idea to have a gun buy back program to get weapons off the streets and out of homes.
The gun buy back will happen on Thursday, January 16 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Turner Field. The Atlanta NAACP is working with the Atlanta Police department and the Fulton County Sheriff’s department to accept guns that are donated “no questions asked.” People who turn in a weapon will be given a gift card worth $50 or $100 depending on what type of weapon is turned in. The weapons will then be taken by the police department and destroyed.
The project has the backing of the Atlanta Mayor’s Office and other community partners including V-103 and WAOK Radio stations. Sidney Wood and Derrick Boazman will broadcast live. You can donate to the cause by logging onto atlantanaacp.org. Scroll down to Atlanta Rescue Project.