Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
Hundreds of illegal guns were taken off Nassau County Streets, thanks to a gun buyback program held at Grace Cathedral in Uniondale. The 330 guns removed from communities include 195 handguns, 15 assault rifles, 7 sawed off shotguns, two Tec-9’s and more.
The Gun Buy Back Program is strictly anonymous and individuals were paid $100 cash for every turned in operable rifle, $200 cash for each turned in operable handgun and $400 cash for each turned in operable assault rifle. Not accepted were: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols, long guns and replicas.
“The Gun Buyback Program, using asset forfeiture dollars, has taken over 2,613 guns off our streets before they fell into the wrong hands,” said County Executive Edward Mangano. “Community support is critical to the success of this program, and we appreciate the members of the clergy who have participated in this effort to take even more fire arms off our streets. By working together, we can ensure that Nassau County remains the safest suburban County in the nation.”
“Every single taken in at this weekend’s buyback event means one less weapon that can be stolen, found by a child, or used in the commission of a crime,” added District Attorney Kathleen Rice.