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Press Release | 2009-PH09

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # PH-09
Wednesday, April 29, 2009



NYPD AND BRONX DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNOUNCE LARGEST RETURN OF GUNS IN CHURCH BUY-BACK PROGRAM TO DATE

Saturday Effort Yielded 987 Guns in Six Hours at Six Churches

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NYPD PHOTO: Police Commissioner Kelly and, L to R: Bishop Rodney Canion of the New Gospel Temple, Church Of God In Christ; Reverend Jay Gooding of Miracle Revival Temple, and Reverend Calvin Owens of Community Protestant Church in the Bronx, and Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson look at some of the guns recovered in Saturday's NYPD/DA gun buy-back. They were joined by (background) members of the NYPD Firearms and Tactics Section, who rendered the weapons safe, and Assistant Chief Thomas Purtell, Patrol Borough Bronx.

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly joined with Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson Wednesday to announce that the latest NYPD/DA gun buy-back program, conducted April 25 at six churches in the Bronx, resulted in the greatest number of guns turned-in in one day since the Department began its church-sponsored buy-back last summer.

They were joined by Reverend Calvin Owens of Community Protestant Church, Bishop Rodney Canion of the New Gospel Temple, Church Of God In Christ; and Reverend Jay Gooding of Miracle Revival Temple, in addition to personnel from the Bronx District Attorney's office, NYPD Firearms and Tactics Section.

“The Bible tells us 'wisdom is better than weapons,'” Commissioner Kelly said. “The people with me today possess not only wisdom but also the standing in their communities to help us recover dangerous and often illegal weapons. You might say, we are beating swords into plowshares, spears into pruning hooks…and handguns into hangers. I want to thank them for participating in the most successful gun buy-back to date.”

In total, 987 guns were surrendered on Saturday during a six-hour program conducted at six houses of worship. Among the weapons were 296 revolvers, 174 semi-automatic pistols, 21 assault weapons, 13 sawed-off shotguns, 242 rifles, 163 shotguns, and 78 others.

Since beginning the program in July 2008, the NYPD/DA partnership with churches has netted 4,538 guns in seven one-day events. In exchange for guns, anonymous participants receive a $200 cash card for handguns, rifles and shotguns and $20 for air pistols and BB guns.

The six churches which participated in Saturday's event are:

Immaculate Conception R.C. Church
The New Gospel Temple, Church of God in Christ
Miracle Revival Temple
Holy Cross R.C. Church
Immaculate Conception Church
Community Protestant Church

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