From assault weapons to semi-automatic handguns, law enforcement agents purchased scores of firearms from the public during a gun buyback at a Laurelton church last week.
Hosted by Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Councilman Donovan Richards and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, approximately 89 weapons were collected at the Evangel Temple on April 16.
Each gun owner — regardless of whether or not they legally owned the weapon — were provided with American Express gift cards valued at $200 a piece for trading in their working handguns and assault rifles. Those who brought in operable air guns, rifles and shotguns received $25 gift cards.
Gun owners traded in as many firearms as they wish, but each participant was limited to a maximum of three gift cards. All transactions were kept confidential; no questions were asked.
According to the NYPD, approximately 46 revolvers, 21 semi-automatic weapons, two assault weapons, four rifles and two shotguns were collected. Police also obtained 14 air guns.
“The ultimate goal of this law enforcement initiative is to get as many guns as possible off the streets of Queens County and make our community even safer for everyone,” Brown said in a statement last week. “The support of the community is critical to the success of this program and emblematic of the level of cooperation needed by law enforcement to ensure the safety of all residents of Queens.”
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the 105th Precinct’s commanding officer, and Richards took to Twitter to tout the buyback’s success and thank the public for participating.
If you missed the gun buyback, you can still trade your weapons for cash through the NYPD’s ongoing cash-for-guns program. Bring any handgun, sawed-off shotgun or assault weapon to your local police precinct and receive a $100 cash payment. All transactions are anonymous and confidential.