The Gun Buyback program is aimed at taking illegal, functioning guns off the streets by offering a $200 cash reward for each eligible weapon surrendered. “The success of this program goes a long way towards reducing violent crime in Brooklyn. Each gun that is taken off the streets could lead to one less robbery,” said District Attorney Hynes. “To overcome the fact that some people are intimidated when it comes to turning guns in to a police precinct, we got the churches and clergy involved.” The gun buybacks take place at specially designated churches throughout Brooklyn.
The initiative was launched in July 2008 to help reduce gun violence. Since the inception of the program, over 2,000 guns have been collected. Operable handguns and assault rifles can be exchanged for a $200 bank card, redeemable for cash at an ATM machine or usable as a debit card. Operable rifles and shotguns can be turned in for a $20 bank card. Guns must be placed in a plastic or paper bag or a box. If transporting the gun by car, the gun must be transported in the trunk of the car. You may surrender as many guns as you wish, but you will only receive payment for up to three guns
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