Sailor arc-welds a flange aboard USS Pearl Harbor., a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Official U.S. Navy Page’s photostream

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 2, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh is partnering with the Boilermakers Local 154 and Homewood Brushton Community Ministries to host the first Boilermakers “Guns for Opportunity” event in the city. The collection will take place on Monday, April 6, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Bible Center Church, 717 North Homewood Avenue.

The Boilermakers’ “Guns for Opportunity” program allows individuals to surrender guns in return for the opportunity to receive training in the union’s MOST Common Arc welding program. In addition to waiving any up-front costs related to the training program, the union is offering additional accommodations to make the opportunities available to individuals even more accessible. The current requirement that applicants have a high school diploma or general equivalency degree (GED) will be waived for participants in the “Guns for Opportunity” program. Additionally, participants will have six months to complete the training program and will also be given time to get treatment for drug or alcohol addictions through the union’s MOST Substance Abuse Program.

The City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will partner with the Boilermakers to accept, without question, and properly dispose of any surrendered guns. This effort is being led by Assistant Chief of Operations Scott Schubert with assistance from the Firearms Tracking squad.

City of Pittsburgh would like to thank Homewood Brushton Community Ministries, including the pastor of Bible Center Church, Dr. John Wallace, for hosting the event in the community of Homewood. The city also thanks State Representative Ed Gainey and his staff for their ongoing commitment and support of the program.

Event Schedule:

  • 3:30pm: Benediction

  • 3:30-5:30pm: Gun collection

  • 5:30pm: Media invited in for final remarks

  • 5:30-6pm: Announcement of final count of surrendered guns and brief remarks

The event will be closed to the media until 5:30 p.m. at which point the final count of guns collected will be announced and brief remarks will be delivered by Mayor William Peduto and event organizers.