By Eden Laikin
Mineola, New York – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced a Gun Buy Back Program to be held on Saturday, September 7th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bishop R.W. Harris’ Grace Cathedral Church, which is located at 944 Jerusalem Avenue in Uniondale.
The Gun Buy Back Program is strictly anonymous and individuals will be 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 are: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols and replicas. Guns transported by car must be transported in the trunk of the car and must be unloaded and put in a plastic/paper bag or in a shoe box.
“The Gun Buyback Program, using asset forfeiture dollars, has taken nearly 3,000 guns off our streets before they fell into the wrong hands,” said County Executive Mangano. “Community support is critical to the success of this program, and we appreciate the members of the clergy who are participating in this effort to take even more firearms off our streets. By working together, we can ensure that Nassau County remains the safest suburban County in the nation.”
“Crime doesn’t pay, but turning in a gun to this community-based buy-back event at Grace Cathedral Church does,” said District Attorney Rice. “This program is safe and anonymous for anyone who wants to help make our communities safer and stop crimes before they happen, while earning some cash in the process. I’m grateful to Bishop Harris and the entire community for working with us to help keep dangerous weapons off the streets and keep Long Islanders safe.”
“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 Police Commissioner Tom Dale.
Forfeiture funds from the Nassau County Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office are utilized to fund the Gun Buy Back Program.