January 30, 2013

DA Rice and County Executive Mangano Announce Gun Buyback Event

Event will be held on February 16th at Grace Cathedral in Uniondale

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today a Gun Buy Back Program to be held on Saturday, February 16th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Grace Cathedral, located at 944 Jerusalem Avenue in Uniondale.

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, long guns 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 over 2,000 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 fire arms off our streets. By working together, we can ensure that Nassau County remains the safest suburban County in the nation.”

“Our neighborhoods are safer with these weapons off the street, and partnering with local organizations and clergy strengthens the relationship between law enforcement and the community,” Rice said. “Our combined efforts in the fight against gun violence has already resulted in the forfeiture of more than 2,000 guns, and I look forward to seeing that number climb even higher next month.”

“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.