Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced a Gun Buy Back Program to be held in conjunction with the Jamaica Square Civic Association on Saturday, June 22nd from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Pastor Rev. Ralph P. Taylor’s Emanuel Baptist Church, located at 1880 Pelham Street in Elmont.
The Gun Buy Back Program is strictly anonymous and individuals will be paid $100 cash for every turned in operable rifle, $200 cash for each turned in operable handgun and $400 cash for each turned in operable assault rifle. Not accepted are: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols and replicas. Guns transported by car must be transported in the trunk of the car and must be unloaded and put in a plastic/paper bag or in a shoe box.
“The Gun Buyback Program, using asset forfeiture dollars, has taken nearly 3,000 guns off our streets before they fell into the wrong hands,” said County Executive Mangano. “Community support is critical to the success of this program, and we appreciate the members of the clergy who are participating in this effort to take even more firearms off our streets. By working together, we can ensure that Nassau County remains the safest suburban County in the nation.”
“Every illegal gun taken off the street means one less weapon used in an armed robbery, assault, or murder, and I thank County Executive Mangano, the Nassau County Police Department, and the invaluable support of community members and the clergy for joining together to fight gun violence,” Rice said.
“The Gun Buy Back program, our ShotSpotter Program and our GunStoppers Program have been very effective in decreasing gun related crime here in Nassau County,” said Police Commissioner Tom Dale.
Forfeiture funds from the Nassau County Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office are utilized to fund the Gun Buy Back Program.