BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated hosted a Spring Gun Buyback in Birmingham Saturday. The Phi Beta SIgma chairperson for the event reports that they collected 14 long guns and 24 pistols, for a total of 38 guns.”
ORIGINAL: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated will host a Spring Gun Buyback in Birmingham.
The Birmingham Police Department (BPD) will respond to calls to recover firearms that are received at the event.
The buyback will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at First Ebenezer Baptist Church Fellowship House located at 420 Graymont Avenue North.
The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
This gun buyback is “NO QUESTIONS ASKED.” That means anyone turning in a firearm will not be questioned or documented. The weapons will be turned in and secured by BPD staff to assure safety.
Organizer Tarnett Morris said Birmingham Police support the buyback, but will not be on site. He said the police department will not run any of the guns for fingerprints, the guns will just be disposed of.
Morris said he hopes many people come, but it will be a success even if they only get one gun.
“We are not going to be able to get all the guns off the streets of Birmingham,” Morris said. “But, if we can just get that one, if we can just save that one, that is a blessing.”
Community members turning over guns will be awarded a Walmart gift card for taking an initiative to combat gun violence. Gift cards will be provided on a scale based on the type of firearm turned in.