Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas hosted a successful Gun Buy Back event on Saturday, March 28th at the Bethlehem of Judea Church, located at 83 Greenwich Street in Hempstead. A total of 74 illegal guns were taken off Nassau County streets, including 36 hand guns, 32 rifles and 6 assault rifles.
“This weekend’s Gun Buyback Program, using asset forfeiture dollars and not taxpayer dollars, helped take another 74 illegal guns off Nassau County streets. Since the program’s inception, we have removed nearly 3,500 guns from our community before they fell into the wrong hands,” said County Executive Mangano. “Community support is critical to the success of this program, and I commend the Bethlehem of Judea Church and other members of the clergy who have participated in this effort to take firearms off our streets. By working together, we can and will continue to ensure that Nassau remains the safest suburban County in the nation.”
Asset forfeiture funds from the Nassau County Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office are utilized to fund the Gun Buy Back Program, which is strictly anonymous. Individuals are 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 must be transported in the trunk of the car, unloaded and placed in a shoe box, or plastic/paper bag.
“Gun buyback events like these are an important part of our continuing efforts to eliminate the threat of gun violence in our communities,” Acting DA Singas said. “I thank the Bethlehem of Judea Church for helping us get these illegal firearms off our streets and for partnering with Nassau County law enforcement to keep our neighborhoods safe.”