Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes gathered with community leaders and elected officials Friday to thank those responsible to raising funds for programs geared toward making the streets and Brooklyn as a whole safer.
Hynes offered his gratitude to those who raised $6,000 for police overtime for Project Safe Surrender, which takes place on Fri., Dec. 14 and Sat., Dec. 15, and the gun buyback program, which will take place on Sat. Dec. 15.
The gun buyback initiative is aimed at taking illegal, functioning guns off the streets by offering a $200 reward for each eligible weapon surrendered, no questions asked. Individuals will receive a $200 bank card for operable handguns and a $20 bank card for operable rifles and shotguns.
Follow these guidelines when dropping off a weapon:
- Guns must be placed in a plastic or paper bag or box.
- If transporting the gun by car, the gun must be transported in the trunk of the car.
- After the gun is screened by officers and determined to be operable, individuals will be issued a cash card.
- Individuals may surrender as many guns as they wish, but they will only receive payment for up to three guns.
- Active or retired law enforcement officers and licensed gun dealers are not eligible to participate in the program.
Drop-off sites include Mt. Ollie Baptist Church at 1698 St. Marks Ave. at Rockaway Avenue in East New York and St. Peter's Lutheran Church at 105 Highland Place, but individuals should enter at 94 Hale Ave., in Cypress Hills.
Contact Mt. Ollie's Reverand Reginald Bachus at 718-385-3761 or St. Peter's Bishop David Benke at 718-647-1014 for more information about the drop-off sites, or call 311 for information regarding the Brooklyn Gun Buy Back Program to Reduce Violent Crime.