Darby, July 8, 2011 — Following a recent spike in violent crime in Darby Borough and Darby Township, state Sen. Anthony H. Williams (D-8) is hosting a gun buyback.

The gun buyback will take place on Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Darby Borough Police Department, located at 821 Summit Street.

In exchange for turning in guns, participants will receive a $100 gift certificate, no questions asked. The guns will be melted down.

Darby Borough and Darby Township recently declared states of emergency following a five-day period of shootings. With the proliferation of illegal handguns on the streets, gun buybacks have proven effective at working toward removing the scourge and returning our communities to safe havens for our children.

“Our sons and daughters are dying as a result of gun violence. Every day we are possibly losing the next great scientist, writer or educator,” said Williams. “If we want to stop the body count from rising and literally save lives, getting guns off the street is crucial. I encourage everyone who wants to be a part of the solution to turn in your guns.”

This event is part of Williams’ ongoing 2011 Neighborhood to Neighborhood Summer of Peace initiative.