2012-08-17 / Top Stories

Brown, Smith Set Queens Gun Buy Program

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, and New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith have announced a gun buy-back program aimed at taking illegal guns off the streets by offering a $200 cash reward for each eligible weapon surrendered.

The gun buy-back event is scheduled for one day only – Saturday, August 18 – between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, located at 122-05 Smith Street in Jamaica, Queens.

Brown said, “Getting guns off the street and reducing crime has always been, and remains, a top priority of my office. The ultimate goal of this law enforcement initiative is to get as many guns as possible off the streets of Queens County in order to reduce firearm violence and bring about safer neighborhoods for all residents. 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 everyone.”

Kelly said, “Every gun taken off the street is a gun that no longer has the potential to kill. With nearly 7,700 guns recovered since the program started, the Gun Buy-Back Program continues to be an example of how police and community collaborative efforts can get illegal guns off the street.”

Smith said, “The safety and well being of my constituents has always been and will remain a top priority of mine. Gun Buy-Back programs have demonstrated results from state to state and have proven to be an effective tool to cease the inflow of guns and lower the number of homicides. Illegal guns are responsible for thousands of deaths across the country every year. There have been an overwhelming number of shootings in Southeast Queens by illegal firearms. Providing a monetary incentive to help rid our neighborhoods of illegal guns will help make our streets safer. I am also very encouraged by the response to our innovate public private partnership gun buy-back program and I would like to thank our partners WPIX, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Armani Exchange, NYCHA, Donald Trump, the Real Estate Board of New York and UFT for their participation. I am hopeful that we will hold similar programs like this in the future.”

Handguns, rifles and shotguns will be accepted. The guns must be functional. No guns will be accepted from active or retired law enforcement officials.

Participants are encouraged to bring unloaded weapons in paper or plastic bags or shoe boxes when brought to the church. If transported by car, they must be in the trunk of the car.

Funding for the event is being provided by the Queens District Attorney’s Office, the NYPD and Senator Smth.

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