“This is a moral and spiritual issue that we have to address,” said Bilal Qayyum, president of the Father's Day Rally Committee. The group organized a multi-pronged grassroots coalition to launch a “home gun check” campaign.
The collective, which includes Nicetown CDC, Unity in the Community and several others, calls on parents and homeowners to search their children's rooms, the backyard, the basement, garages and anywhere else in the home for illegal guns.
“I assure you that the deal is exactly what they are saying it is,” assured acting Police Commissioner Christine Coulter. “There will be no questions asked. We are not looking to take people into custody.”
Coulter said the effort uses trusted third-party community partners to collect the guns, ensuring that individuals turning them in will not face repercussions or be linked to the firearm.
City Council President Darrell Clarke said the next step is for legal gun owners to do their part as well.
The locations, dates and times for safe firearms disposal are as follows:
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bible Way Baptist Church, 1313 N. 52nd St., West Philadelphia
Every Murder is Real (EMIR) Healing Center, 59 E. Haines St., East Germantown
Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Taylor Memorial Baptists Church, 3817 Germantown Ave., Hunting Park
Mother Bethel AME Church, 419 S. Sixth St., Society Hill