Saturday, December 17, 2011

Police Collect Over 140 Guns In Brooklyn Buyback

A gun buyback program was held Saturday in the same Brooklyn neighborhood where NYPD Officer Peter Figoski was fatally shot earlier in the week, and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that over 140 guns were collected.

Kelly added that most of the guns turned in were handguns.

The event went from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Highland Place in Cypress Hills.

Anyone who returned a working handgun received a $200 bank card, no questions asked.

A $20 bank card was given for any working rifle or shotgun.

The event was sponsored by the New York City Police Department, the Brooklyn district attorney, and Councilman Erik Dilan.

"A lot of these guns may have in the past been used in criminal activity, and people may not want to dispose of them in the proper way, so this will give us a chance to get these guns off the street," said City Councilman Erik Dilan.

A buyback event in Brooklyn last month netted 85 guns.

More than 7,000 guns have been taken off the streets since the buybacks started in 2008.

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