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Bring guns to church, receive gas, food, toys

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A local pastor hopes the community will join him in making Charlotte area streets safer by ridding them of guns. Pastor John P. Kee and the members of New Life Fellowship will hold their 5th Annual Gifts for Guns Exchange.

The program, held each year at New Life Fellowship, will accept guns through noon Saturday, December 17.

New Life Fellowship is located in the former Double Oaks Community, an area that was once plagued by violence, a news release from the church read. "It is and will always be Pastor Kee's testimony that he and the church has been placed in this area to demonstrate that God can change anybody."

According to Kee, Since its inception in 2007 the gun drive has taken over 100 guns off of the streets of Charlotte and the surrounding areas, with last year's guns drive being the most successful. He said the group collected nearly 50 guns.

"We can't prove it but I believe that we have taken more guns off of these streets than any other ministry," Kee said.

As in previous years, gift cards for items such as gas, food and toys will be given in exchange for guns.

The church, located in the 1300 block of Samuel St., will remain open until the gun drive ends and security will be on site to ensure the safety of everyone. No one will be turned away and there will be no questions asked. At the end of the gun drive all guns will be turned over to the Sherriff's department to be destroyed.

REGULATIONS FOR EXCHANGING GUNS

Please remove ammunition before you arrive
Gun and ammunition must be in separate clear plastic bags
For timely processing please call ahead
Limit to 5 guns per person
Guns and ammunition cannot be purchased during the event

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