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.
A coalition between the New York City Police Department and African American clergy in Brooklyn succeeded in taking 174 guns off the street Saturday after Brownsville and East New York residents turned in the firearms, no questions asked, at the First Baptist Church of Brownsville and at Southern Baptist Church in East New York.
A pink-colored 9mm pistol, an AK47 assault rifle, and a mini Uzi were among the 60 semi-automatic pistols, 72 revolvers, 19 rifles, 5 shotguns, 1 sawed-off shotgun, and an assortment of zip-guns surrendered.
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly visited both churches and met Archbishop Anthony Monk and Bishop Gerald Seabrooks, whom he commended "for their leadership in helping make the gun program a success, and Brooklyn streets safer." He also thanked Bishop A.D. Lyon and Rev. Clarence Williams for their "engagement as pastors of these important churches."
The "cash for guns" program is part of an ongoing partnership announced in September between the Police Department and religious leaders in Brooklyn to attempt to reduce crime in neighborhoods.
Saturday's event was the ninth anti-gun drive the Police Department has held in partnership with local clergy, in houses of worship in all five boroughs since 2008.
Nearly 6,200 guns have been removed from the streets as a result of this program, including the Dec. 11 drive.
A tenth "Cash for Guns" event is planned in Harlem Dec. 18.