The New York City Police Department's "Cash for Guns" program,
which was initiated by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner
Raymond W. Kelly, has removed nearly 1,600 guns from the streets and helped to
make New York the safest it's been in decades.
"This program has been incredibly successful. By giving
out $100 cash rewards for the surrender of every gun, we are ridding our
neighborhoods of violent weapons and pushing crime down to record levels in all
five boroughs," said Commissioner Kelly. "When you surrender a gun
anonymously at one of our precincts, you not only receive $100 cash no questions
asked, you also take a step in making our city that much safer."
Since its inception less than six months ago, the 2002
Citywide Cash for Guns Program has paid out more than $158,000 in rewards to
those who have surrendered their revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, sawed-off
shotguns and assault weapons.
To date, 898 revolvers, 542 semi-automatic pistols, 96
sawed-off shotguns, 49 assault weapons, and 179 other guns have been surrendered
for cash. The program is ongoing, and all New Yorkers who own guns are
encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to trade in
a weapon for a no-questions-asked, anonymous cash