Lo­cal po­lice de­part­ments col­lect­ing un­wanted guns

Glenside News - - POLICE REPORTS -

The Abing­ton, Up­per Dublin and Up­per More­land po­lice de­part­ments are co­or­di­nat­ing to hold a gun buy­back Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Bethel AME Church, 1646 Prospect Ave., Wil­low Grove (three blocks off Eas­ton Road at Hamil­ton Av­enue).

The event to pro­mote non­vi­o­lence is spon­sored by Gi­ant Food Stores.

All guns will be turned in anony­mously. No ID will be re­quested; no ques­tions will be asked. In ex­change for guns turned in, peo­ple will re­ceive Gi­ant gift cards in the amount of A75 for hand­guns and ri­fles, and A125 for as­sault ri­fles, while cards last. Guns must be real guns and not BB, Air­soft, pel­let or hand­made guns. All guns turned in should be un­loaded.

Po­lice will be present to ac­cept the guns and will have a por­ta­ble un­load­ing bar­rel to make sure guns be­ing turned in are un­loaded and safe. Po­lice will make the sole de­ter­mi­na­tion of whether a gun qual­i­fies for the re­bate and for which amount. Ev­ery gun col­lected will be de­stroyed.

In ad­di­tion, all news me­dia will be pro­hib­ited from the site to avoid de­ter­ring peo­ple who do not want to be iden­ti­fied. Af­ter the event, the me­dia will be in­vited to take pic­tures of the col­lected guns and al­lowed to talk to the community lead­ers who or­ga­nized the buy-back.

Fur­ther, if any­one in the community wants to turn in a gun but is afraid to bring it in safely, that per­son may call New Bethel AME Church at 215-659-5184 and an un­marked car will be sent to pick it up.

This buy-back grew out of Bridg­ing Our Com­mu­ni­ties, a grass­roots group that formed over con­cerns for safety in the community fol­low­ing a fatal shoot­ing in­ci­dent that took place in July in the North Hills sec­tion of Abing­ton Town­ship.

Community lead­ers in the Crest­mont and North Hills sec­tions of the town­ship, as well as lo­cal po­lice and com­mis­sion­ers from both Abing­ton and Up­per Dublin met to dis­cuss pro­mot­ing non­vi­o­lence through peace­ful con­flict res­o­lu­tion.

“Early on, the community mem­bers present felt that a gun buy-back ini­tia­tive would be a proac­tive and sym­bolic first step in pro­mot­ing non­vi­o­lence,” said Abing­ton po­lice Of­fi­cer Roger Gil­lispie. “As a re­sult, Abing­ton Deputy Chief John Livin­good ap­proached Gi­ant Food Stores who agreed to spon­sor this ef­fort by pro­vid­ing gift cards.”

“We hope to use this event to pro­mote a safer community, both in Abing­ton as well as in our ad­join­ing town­ships,” said Liv­ing­good

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Of­fi­cer Gil­lispie at 215-536-1077.

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