(April 22, 2016 - Atlanta, Georgia) The Gun Buy Back initiative project was developed through a partnership of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the Atlanta Police Department, FCSO Chaplaincy Program, and concerned members of the community group, S.A.V.E., an acronym for Stop Atlanta Violence Effectively. The group’s goal is to do more than just talk about gun violence in Fulton County but to actively reduce the number of weapons in the community through programs and education.
The “No Questions Asked” policy of the Gun Buy Back program ensures that anyone who brings a weapon or unused ammunition to surrender will receive a cash payment without fear of interrogation. Inoperable weapons will be purchased at a reduced rate. All weapons will be inspected on site.
The goal is to raise $100,000 to support the Gun Buy Back. This amount is a demonstration of the commitment by the group to make the streets of Atlanta safer.
S.A.V.E. founder, Rev. R.L. White says, “After being in ministry for 48 years and having officiated at more than a thousand funerals, I have had to look in the faces of loved ones who have been devastated by gun violence perpetrated by someone who decides to play God. Many of the funerals have been for children playing with guns, victims of domestic violence, or friends whose arguments escalated. Every gun acquired is one more gun that will never hurt anyone else again.”
Sheriff Ted Jackson agrees, “Gun Buy Back programs are effective deterrents to violence in our communities. Public safety depends upon gun owners being responsible with firearms. Proper disposal of weapons is a big part of that. This initiative will provide a safe way to discard unwanted weapons and members of the community can do their part to protect their neighbors from harm.”
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