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Brooklyn Gun Buyback Program Takes 134 Guns Off the Street

Program proves "effectiveness of innovation and creativity in law enforcement," said D.A. Charles Hynes.


A gun buyback event held at two Brooklyn churches Saturday saw 134 working firearms taken off the streets, according to Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes and NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

“Once again, we have shown the effectiveness of innovation and creativity in law enforcement, in taking guns off the streets and making Brooklyn an even safer place to live,” Hynes said in a statement. 

From 10 a.m.-4p.m., individuals dropped off 80 revolvers, 31 semi-automatic pistols, four rifles, three shotguns, one sawed-off shotgun and 15 other firearms including BBs, zips and starter pistols. 

Some of the more notable firearms surrendered were a .22 Magnum Derringer "wallet gun"; a Beretta model 84 .380 caliber; a Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum. 

Hynes thanked the elected officials, clergy members and police officers who made the event possible. "Thanks also to Police Commissioner Kelly for all his help,” he continued. 

Held at Mt. Ollie Baptist Church in Brownsville and the St. Peters Lutheran Church in Cyprus Hills, the program was sponsored by Hynes; the NYPD; New York State Senators John Sampson, Martin Malave Dilan and Velmanette Montgomery; New York State Assembly members William Boyland and Rafael Espinal, and New York City Councilman Eric Martin Dilan.

Last June, 70 guns were turned in at one church as part of the Gun Buyback program. In 2010, 287 guns were collected in Brooklyn at six churches.  In 2008, there were three gun buybacks at a combined 16 churches, resulting in
1,532 guns.  

Since the program’s inception more than 8,000 guns have been surrendered.

Tajuana Jackson December 20, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Guns don't kill people we as the people let them kill people. Why because we vote for the wrong things. Ask me I have a great solution. I have a plan to teach/train students and teacher life dangerous issue. To save your life. Ask me. I'm ready. Mr. Mayor look me up I can help you in this plan that me and my daughter came up with.
BRADY December 20, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Why are these gun buyback events just held in traditionaly black neighborhoods why dosen't Mayor Bloomberg or Commissioner Kelly or D.A Hynes hold these in all neighborhoods
Bill lombard January 10, 2013 at 02:26 AM
The bleak honest truth is that if you banned all guns tommorow there are 8 million guns out there. If you ban them all only the citizens will be unarmed. I know I will get flamed for this but it is reality. You will have the criminal underworld trading guns like any other illegal commodity. The UK banned guns for citizens and the police are unarmed yet gun deaths are rising. Two months ago two manchester unarmed police officers were shot in a ambush.
Scottilla January 10, 2013 at 03:36 AM
39 gun murders in the UK last year. 39. In a year.
BRADY January 12, 2013 at 01:11 PM
39 gun murders in the UK last year. 39. In a year...... But guns are banned in the UK there should be 0 how did this happen


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