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Media Advisory | "Cash for Guns" in Harlem Saturday

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 17, 2010




NYPD PHOTO: An assortment of guns turned in by the public to the NYPD and Brooklyn Clergy Dec. 11 included a pink-colored 9mm pistol, an AK47 assault rifle, and a mini Uzi among the 60 semi-automatic pistols, 72 revolvers, 19 rifles, 5 shotguns, 1 sawed-off shotgun, and assortment of zip-guns.

On Saturday, Dec. 18 the National Action Network and the NYPD, in partnership with local clergy in Harlem, hold a "Cash for Guns" event at two churches, in the 28th and 32nd Precincts.

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. anyone can turn in an operable handgun and receive a $200 bank card in exchange, no questions asked, up to $600. Working rifles and shotguns will be exchanged for $20.

The event is the tenth collaboration between the Department and religious leaders in all five boroughs.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced an agreement Nov. 19 under which the National Action Network would support efforts to get illegal guns off of the streets, via a gun buy-back in Harlem and by promoting the NYPD Operation Gun Stop program. Operation Gun Stop is a separate Department initiative through which members of the public can receive a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of someone with an illegal gun.

Nearly 6,200 guns have been removed from the streets as a result of the church buy-back program, the most recent of which was Dec. 11 in Brooklyn (http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/pr/pr_2010_brooklyn_clergy_results.shtml).

Details for Saturday's event:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/public_information/NANNYPDCashForGuns12182010.pdf

The program has netted 6,185 firearms, as of Dec. 11, 2010:

o       1,768 revolvers

o       1,220 semi-automatics

o       112 sawed-off shotguns

o       750 shotguns

o       95 assault weapons

o       1,244 rifles

o       996 others

 

Previous gun buy-backs held in partnership with clergy

2008

July 19 - Brooklyn North: 73, 75, 79, 88

Sept. 13 - Brooklyn South: 60, 67, 69, 70, 71, 78

Oct. 11 - Brooklyn North: 83, 90

Oct. 25 - Manhattan North: 25, 28, 30, 32

Dec. 13 - Staten Island 120

 

2009

Feb. 21 - Queens South: 100, 101, 103, 105, 113

Apr. 25 - Bronx: 40, 42, 43, 44, 47

 

2010

Jan. 23 - Bronx: 40, 42, 47

May 8 - Brooklyn North: 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, 83

Dec. 11 - Brooklyn North: 73, 75



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