Gun buy-back event in Myrtle Beach (Update: success, media coverage)

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Update September 25th: With over 100 guns turned in for gift cards, event organizers consider the event a success.

And the local news media is all over it. The Sun News article tells a personal story about mother turning in a gun. Read it here. WMBF covered details of the event and interviewed local police. Those are here and here, respectively.


Update September 19th: Now dubbed "Stop the Violence Week", there are several scheduled events this week.

Monday - September 19th
8:00am-10:00am, Media Breakfast
Location: Sandy Grove Baptist Church

Painting of "Stop the Violence Week" Posters Kick-off
Locations: MB Intermediate, Middle, and High Schools

Tuesday - September 20th
4:00pm - 6:00pm, Park Clean Up with Department of Juvenile Justice and Community Volunteers
Location: Carver Street Vacant Lot (across from Boys & Girls Club)

Wednesday - September 21st
6:00pm - 8:00pm, Mothers Against Violence Parental Forum
Location: Canal Street Recreational Center

Thursday - September 22nd
6:30pm, Community Gathers at City Hall or Local Church
7:00pm, (promptly) Community March for Peace

Friday - September 23rd
9:00am - 3:30pm, Partnership Roundtable
Location: Sandy Grove Baptist Church

Saturday - September 24th
11:00am - 2:00pm, Myrtle Beach Ministerial Alliance's Gun Buy Back Event
Location: Sandy Grove Baptist Church

12:00Noon - 12:30pm, Community "Law Enforcement Appreciation Day"
Location: Sandy Grove Baptist Church

First Report: As a part of the National Night Out anti-crime community events, Myrtle Beach police announced they will be buying back guns.

On September 24th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sandy Grove Baptist Church (map below), poiice will give out $100 gift cards in exchange for working condition guns. Even though these programs have been in place for years in larger cities, this is the first one for Myrtle Beach. WBTW has more details on the National Night Out event that took place. Read it here.