Philly officials encourage residents to search their homes for illegal guns and turn them in

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One location is the Jane Memorial United Methodist Church in Germantown, where Rev. Gregory Holston is the senior pastor.

“We are daring you to go and find the guns. Find the guns that maybe your own children, that your own son, that your own grandson, that your own nephew may have, right in your home right now,” Holston said. 

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said police will be at the collection sites only to render weapons safe and to take them away.

“Our evidence custodian unit will be on hand to collect firearms after they are submitted to the participating houses of worship. It must be stressed that community members who submit firearms will not be asked to produce identification. In addition, the submission of a firearm will not trigger an investigation of the person who relinquished it,” she explained. 

Outlaw said there could be tension within a household when an illegal gun is taken away by a family member.

“Change can create tension and cause people to be uncomfortable. That’s the whole point of this, we want people to be uncomfortable, you have to be uncomfortable to progress,” Outlaw said. 

The Tasker Street Missionary Baptist Church in South Philadelphia will also be participating.  

The program is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.