Every day in the United States, 317 people are shot, according to Brady United, a national grassroots organization seeking to curb gun violence. Of those, one-third die.
To help reduce the number of gun-related crimes in the City of South Fulton, District 2 Councilwoman Carmalitha Gumbs, the City of South Fulton Police Department and rapper Pastor Troy will host the Third-Annual Gun Buyback on Oct. 9.
The event will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Butner Road Police Precinct at 3220 Butner Road in the City of South Fulton.
“Most cities in the metro Atlanta area have been plagued by an increase in gun violence, especially during the pandemic,” Gumbs said. “Certainly, we don’t anticipate solving all issues related to gun violence. But, as a community, we can do our part to promote responsible gun ownership and get illegal guns off the street.”
A crime gun is defined as a firearm that has been recovered by law enforcement after it was used or suspected of being used in a crime. Ninety percent of guns used in crimes are sold by 5 percent of gun dealers, according to bradyunited.org.
The city will pay $100 for rifles, $75 for handguns and $25 for inoperable weapons on a first-come, first- served basis, while funds last.
“No photos. No IDs,” Gumbs said. “We will pay you to turn in your gun – no questions asked.”