Horry Co. coalition hosting gun buyback, peace rally Saturday

Photo Source: Event flyer
Photo Source: Event flyer

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A coalition of Horry County agencies, businesses and schools have organized a gun buyback and community peace rally, to be held Saturday.

The Stop the Violence Peace Festival and Countywide Community Safety Rally will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church at 1111 Grainger Rd. in Conway, according to a news release from organizers.

The event will be open to the public and will feature gun safety demonstrations, public health and safety guest speakers, music, free food, and exhibits from the coalition of supporting agencies. The coalition includes Coastal Carolina University, Horry Georgetown Technical College, Horry County School District, and all law enforcement agencies serving Horry County.

The gun buyback program is anonymous and no questions will be asked; the program is designed to remove unlawful and unwanted weapons from streets and homes, organizers stated. There will be two locations to drop off guns: A Father's Place on Hwy. 378 in Conway, and behind the gymnasium at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Persons willing to turn in firearms at these locations on the day of the event will receive up to $300 in gift card payback.

For more information about the Stop the Violence Peace Rally, contact Robert Kegler of the Horry County Police Department at 843-915-8085, Catina Hipp of the City of Conway Police Department at 843-488-7646, or April Garner of Horry Georgetown Technical College at 843-349-7870.

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