“GROCERIES FOR GUNS” EVENT SET FOR SAT., MAY 18 IN DETROIT
Weapons surrender program, made possible through public-private partnership, designed to reduce local gun violence
DETROIT – May 1, 2013 – Getting guns off the street to make local neighborhoods safer is the goal of the “Groceries for Guns” event taking place on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The weapons surrender program, at the New St. Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Detroit, will allow those interested in surrendering any type of unloaded gun to do so with no questions asked. In exchange, individuals will receive a $50 gift card to Meijer for each gun turned in.
“Groceries for Guns” is sponsored by Southfield-based personal injury law firm, Goodman Acker, P.C., and made possible through a public-private partnership with Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano, Wayne County Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon and Bishop P.A. Brooks.
“Like so many others, my partner Barry Goodman and I, just have had enough of the gun violence that is claiming lives and destroying families and communities,” said Gerald Acker, founder and senior partner of Goodman Acker, P.C. “Fortunately the leadership of Wayne County shares our frustrations, and is helping to make our vision of fewer guns on the street a reality. We can’t save the world, but if this program can help save just one life, it’s certainly worth it.”
“Gun turn-in programs have proven to be successful across the country, and we are pleased to be part of this unique public-private partnership in Detroit,” said Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano. “Our goal is to encourage people to bring in unwanted guns, which will be a positive contribution to making our homes and neighborhoods safer,” Ficano continued. “I appreciate the commitment of the Goodman Acker firm, Sheriff Napoleon and Bishop Brooks for joining me in this important initiative.”
“Gun violence is taking a tragic toll on our communities. Reducing the number of guns that wind up in the hands of those who use them illegally is an important step toward decreasing the crime that has us all fearful,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon. “If you know of or have a weapon lying around, turn it in. That one small move will make a world of difference in our neighborhoods.”
“Groceries for Guns” will operate on a first-come, first-served basis until all of the available gift cards have been distributed. New St. Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ is located at 15340 Southfield Service Drive (just north of Fenkell) in Detroit. The event will take place in the church gymnasium, and will be staffed by a strong contingent of Sheriff Deputies and volunteers from the Offices of the County Executive, Sheriff’s Department and Goodman Acker, along with members of New St. Paul Tabernacle.