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Making the streets a safer place, the Gun Buyback Program has spread to the Bronx and is giving residents an incentive to turn in the dangerous weapons.
For one day, on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., six designated churches will invite people in to anonymously turn in firearms, no questions asked.
“Ending the proliferation of guns on our streets has been a priority since I became District Attorney 20 years ago,” said Robert Johnson, Bronx District Attorney.
“Vigorous enforcement efforts and tougher sentences for illegal possession of guns have been helpful; however an amnesty program such as the Gun Buyback also has a role to play.”
For each operable firearm, including handguns, shotguns and rifles, a $ 200 prepaid cash card will be given. Though there is no limit as to the number of guns a participant can turn in, the maximum paid sum will be $ 600.
Firearms belonging to active or retired law enforcement and gun dealers will not be accepted, but BB Guns and air pistols can be exchanged for $ 20 cash cards.
The cash cards can be used as debit or to retrieve cash from any ATM.
“Guns are instruments of death that are responsible for much pain and suffering,” said Johnson, “and whatever we can do to remove them from circulation should be encouraged.”
The Bronx Gun Buyback program is a joint collaboration between the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, the New York City Police Department and Bronx clergy.
“This is good news, life-saving news for the Bronx,” noted Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
“District Attorney Johnson’s support means a doubling of the usual reward and a strong partnership with the Bronx clergy – two essential ingredients in getting guns off the street.”
Firearms brought to the drop off locations should be contained in a plastic or paper bag or shoebox.
Drop off locations include Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, 607 Melrose Avenue, Miracle Revival Temple, 1555 Macombs Road, Immaculate Conception Church, 754 E. Gun Hill Road, The New Gospel Temple, Church of God in Christ, 1554 Minford Place, Holy Cross R.C. Church, 600 Soundview Avenue, and Community Protestant Church, 1659 E. Gun Hill Road.
For further information on the Bronx Gun Buyback program dial 311.
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