Gun Buy Back Program Takes 98 More Illegal Guns Off Nassau Streets This Weekend
Overall Gun Buy Back Program Successful in Ridding Nassau County of Nearly 2,000 Illegal Guns
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Acting Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter announced today that this weekend’s Gun Buy Back Program that was held on Saturday, December 10th at Grace Cathedral in Uniondale resulted in getting 98 additional illegal guns off of our streets, bringing the grand total of 1,893 guns that have been turned in as a result of this program.
The Gun Buy Back Program is strictly anonymous and individuals were paid $200 cash per turned in operable handgun. Forfeiture funds from the Nassau County Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office are utilized to fund the Gun Buy Back Program. Not accepted were: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols, long guns and replicas.
“Nearly 2,000 illegal guns have been turned in as a result of our gun buyback program. This program has proven to be effective in getting guns off our streets before they fall into the wrong hands,” said County Executive Mangano. “Community support is critical to the success of this program, and we appreciate the assistance of Bishop R.W. Harris and the members of the clergy who participated in this effort. By working together, we can ensure that Nassau County remains a safe place to live and raise a family.”
“Gun buybacks are a valuable tool to take dangerous weapons off the streets and make our communities safer,” said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. “I am grateful for our partnerships with faith and community leaders who continue to make these life-saving programs so successful.”
“The Gun Buy Back program, our ShotSpotter Program and our GunStoppers Program have been very effective in decreasing gun related crime here in Nassau County,” said Acting Commissioner Krumpter.