NYPD Photo: An assortment of guns turned in by the public at two Harlem churches Saturday included three Tec-9 semi-automatic guns and an AK-47 style assault rifle, among the 185 revolvers, 122 semi-automatics, eight shotguns, eight rifles, and 31 BB and zip guns.
A gun buy-back hosted Dec. 18 by the NYPD and National Action Network resulted in 354 guns being removed from the streets, the same day of an anti-violence summit in Harlem.
"We see it as our own way of turning swords into ploughshares," Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly told an audience of about 400 community members this afternoon at the National Action Network's headquarters, where he, the Reverend Al Sharpton and other civic leaders spoke while the gun drives were being held blocks away at Saint Mark the Evangelist and Memorial Baptist Churches.
Three Tec-9 semi-automatic guns and an AK-47 style assault rifle were among the 185 revolvers, 122 semi-automatics, eight shotguns, eight rifles, and 31 other firearms turned in by the public. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., working guns could be exchanged for $200 bank cards, and rifles and shot guns for $20, no questions asked.
Saturday's "cash for guns" event
was the tenth the Police Department has held in partnership with local churches.
Since 2008, concerned citizens have turned in 6,539 guns through the church