New York state’s gun buyback program saw more than 3,000 guns surrendered in exchange for gift cards last week. Nine buyback locations were set up in various regions of the state, with two in New York City.
Organized by State Attorney General Letitia James, this was the first-ever statewide gun buyback in New York history.
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The gun buyback events were conducted in partnership with local law enforcement agencies and public officials. The attorney general’s office said it collected 185 assault weapons, 1,656 handguns, and 823 long guns. In New York City, 90 guns were collected in Brooklyn and 70 in the Bronx.
The NYPD has also established a Cash for Guns program that offers $200 to anyone who surrenders a gun. Individuals who choose to surrender their guns do not have to identify themselves nor will they be asked any questions by officials.