Three-hundred and fifty-four guns surrendered by the public Saturday in the NYPD's 12th church cash-for-guns exchange included one Uzi submachine gun, one Tec-9 and one Tec-22 semi-automatic, four AK-47 style assault weapons and six sawed-off shotguns among 161 revolvers, 112 semi-automatics, nine shotguns, 16 rifles, and 46 BB and zip guns. Since 2008, 6,902 firearms have been turned into police through this program in partnership with local clergy.
Officer Charles La Vine checks an Uzi submachine gun, one of hundreds surrendered in the Bronx during the NYPD-organized cash-for-guns exchange in three churches June 4.
The public helped to remove 354 operable guns from the streets Saturday, surrendering the weapons to the NYPD at three churches in the Bronx in exchange for bank cards worth up to $600. The event was organized by the Police Department in partnership with the leadership of Grace Temple, Bronx Pentecostal and Our Lady of Grace, Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. It is 12th such gun buyback held in churches since the NYPD began the drives in 2008.
"The gun buy-backs are one way the public can help police to stop the scourge of deadly weapons that are circulating on City streets," Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said. "I commend those who turned in firearms. They prevented guns from getting into the hands of criminals, and have helped to save innocent lives."
Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson said, "We are gratified by the life enhancing commitment and cooperative effort of the Police Commissioner, Borough President and pastors which made possible the safe surrender of these instruments of death. Every gun that was removed from circulation represents an increased measure of protection against serious injury and worse in the homes and neighborhoods of the men, women and children who live and work in the Bronx."
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said, "Saturday's gun buyback event was a huge success, and that would not have been possible without the hard work of the New York Police Department, the office of Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson, our partner churches and my own staff, all of whom dedicated themselves to this effort to make our streets safer. Removing these guns from our streets will undoubtedly save lives, and that is something we all can celebrate.
The guns surrendered during the six-hour event include an Uzi submachine gun, one Tec-9 and one Tec-22 semi-automatic, four AK-47 style assault weapons and six sawed-off shotguns among 161 revolvers, 112 semi-automatics, nine shotguns, 16 rifles, and 46 BB and zip guns.
With Saturday's submissions, the church cash for guns exchanges have led to 6,902 firearms being turned in to the police, who render them safe and in exchange provide $200 bank cards per operable handgun and $20 bank cards for each rifle or BB gun, up to $600, no questions asked.
Citizens who want to turn in weapons can do so anonymously at police stations citywide every day of the week and receive $100. In addition, the Department's Operation Gun Stop program (1-866-GUN-STOP) rewards individuals up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of an individual who is carrying, selling or using guns illegally.