Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced another successful Gun Buy Back Program that took 139 guns off of our streets which included 15 assault rifles (Arms 7.62; Norinco SKS 7.62; Enfield 7.62; Norinco SKS 7.62; Sport Arms 30 Cal; Tapco 7.62; High Point 9MM; Sentinal Arma Striker 12 Ga; Armcor MSC Oratio 1600 22 Cal; Aug 30 Cal; S&W M&P 15-22 22 Cal; Daewdo DR 200 203 Cal; Cobray M-11 9 MM; Thompson1927 A1 .45 Cal; Norinco SKS 7.62; and Norinco SKS 7.62). The Gun Buy Back event was held this past Saturday, September 7th at Bishop R.W. Harris’ Grace Cathedral Church in Uniondale, NY.
The Gun Buy Back Program is strictly anonymous and individuals were 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 were: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols and replicas.
“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 Bishop R. W. Harris and the other members of the clergy who have participated in this effort to take firearms off our streets. By working together, we can continue to ensure that Nassau County remains the safest suburban County in the nation.”
“Every buyback event we hold reinforces our commitment to community-based law enforcement and ridding Nassau County of gun violence,” DA Rice said. “By removing these weapons from our neighborhoods, we eliminate the possibility of them being used in crimes or even accidental shootings in the home. I thank Bishop Harris and the wonderful members of Grace Cathedral Church in Uniondale for partnering with Nassau County law enforcement in our fight to make our communities safer.”
Forfeiture funds from the Nassau County Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office are utilized to fund the Gun Buy Back Program.