Gun buyback takes 89 guns off the street
Apr 19, 2016 | 2467 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Law enforcement officials with the 89 guns recovered.
Law enforcement officials with the 89 guns recovered.
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The streets of southeast Queens are a little safer thanks to a gun buy-back program that took 89 guns of the street in exchange for prepaid gift cards.

“The ultimate goal of this law enforcement initiative is to get as many guns as possible off the streets of Queens County and make our community even safer for everyone,” said District Attorney Richard Brown. “The support of the community is critical to the success of this program and emblematic of the level of cooperation needed by law enforcement to ensure the safety of all residents of Queens.”

On Saturday, April 16, people with illegal guns were encouraged to trade them in at the Evangel Temple Church in Laurelton, with no questions about how the firearm was obtained.

Working handguns and assault rifles were exchanged for a $200 gift card, while operable air guns, rifles and shotguns were exchanged for a $25 prepaid gift card. Councilman Donovan Richards said he was happy to see so many guns taken off the streets.

“The NYPD and District AttorneyBrown have been doing a great job cracking down on illegal guns on the street, but we need the help of the community too,” he said. “We need to work together to ensure that our streets are safer and more secure for both residents and police officers.”

For individuals that missed the Saturday event but still want to turn in a gun anonymously with no questions asked, they can do so at any precinct, transit district or police service area and receive $100.

(Patrick Kearns)

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