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Gun Buyback Nets 85 Weapons in Brooklyn

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

They held a gun buyback in Brooklyn over the weekend, and now 85 more guns are off the streets.

According to the Fort Green-Clinton Hill Patch, "49 revolvers, 20 semi-automatic weapons, three rifles, four shotguns and nine other weapons (such as zip guns and flares)" were collected at a church in Flatbush on Saturday. People received a $200 bank card for surrendering an operable handgun and $20 for a shotgun or rifle. There was a limit of three payments per person.

“The guns turned in (Saturday) bring the total to 1,997 guns taken from the streets of Brooklyn since 2008, when the program began," Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said. "All of us think this is an effective and sensible way to prevent criminals from getting their hands on these weapons, which can wound, maim or kill innocent people.”

Hynes said another buyback will be held next month.

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New York City has an ongoing buyback program in which a person can turn in a gun at any police precinct in return for $100.

“A fully loaded assault weapon designed to destroy human life was removed from circulation, and thousands of others collected through the cash for guns program no longer have the potential to kill,” New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in June.