WATCH | Philadelphia rapper and NRA member Maj Toure is the founder of Black Guns Matter, a group that teaches responsible gun ownership in inner cities. "It's painted that if you have a gun, you have to be the bad guy or law enforcement," Toure said.
A lot of times it ain't even a violent firearm case. It's just a guy who bought a firearm legally but didn't know the rules of having that firearm on them in that particular city.
BGM is not affiliated with Black Lives Matter -- BGM is about conflict resolution and encouraging gun owners be more aware of the gun laws in their respective cities. Gun laws can be complex and local laws can cause missteps.
According to Toure, it isn't uncommon in some urban areas to have gun owners unknowingly break the law. "These are not guys that are hiding, they not the killers, they not. They're working class dudes... and they just don't know the rules," said Toure.
Black Guns Matter has almost reached its crowdfunding goal to complete its planned 13 city tour. Toure says: "Wherever it's the worst, wherever people need leadership, direction, information and an opportunity, that's where we going to go."
Before the Baltimore event, Toure walked through neighborhoods and invited everyone he saw to attend BGM's gun safety and information training.
Legal and illegal guns
Toure is a realist. He knows that there are legal gun owners as well as those who buy guns off the streets. His organization targets legal gun owners, but if someone has illegally purchased a weapon he hopes the message of conflict resolution still hits home.
"Us being solutionaries, we ain't really about just complaining about it... We going to see the problem, we going to create the solution, and we going to apply it," said Toure.