Ammo Company Reacts to Rapper’s Gun Buyback

(HorizonPost.com) – A Detroit rapper last week partnered with a gun control group and Detroit officials to promote a gun buyback event in the city over the weekend, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Rapper Skilla Baby joined forces with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence for a February 24 gun buyback event in Detroit.

In a Brady Center press release announcing the event, Skilla Baby described the buyback program as “Detroit taking care of Detroit.” He said taking guns out of the community would break the cycle of violence and save lives.

Organizers offered $100 for each handgun or non-automatic firearm turned in. For semiautomatic or automatic rifles, organizers offered $200 each.

The event also included a job fair aimed at applicants with criminal records. Applicants were provided applications to expunge the records as well.

Skilla told the Detroit Free Press that with his “influence,” he could help people “clean their records, get jobs, and get guns off the street.”

Brady Center Director of Racial Justice Kelly Sampson told the Free Press that the buyback event began with Skilla Baby’s “vision.”

Skilla told the Free Press that as a Detroit native, he was passionate about gun violence since he knew so many people who have been victims. He said it was unfair that so many young people never get a chance in life. He said joining up with the Brady Center and offering the gun buyback program was one way he could “give back” to his community.

However, the rapper didn’t attend last Saturday’s buyback event. He told the Free Press that he didn’t want the event to turn into a “Skilla Baby meet-and-greet.” He said his contribution was organizing, supporting, and funding the event.

In a post on X, Fenix Ammunition, a company located just outside of Detroit, responded to Skilla Baby’s buyback event by suggesting that he research the Brady Center before being used “like a pawn” to “disarm black people in Detroit.”

Fenix suggested that Skilla reach out to organizations like Black Guns Matter if he wanted to do “real advocacy work” to support the people in crime-ridden communities who “want to defend themselves.”

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