Officials Hold Second Gun Buy-Back Program This Year in Staten Island

By Nicholas Rizzi on December 4, 2013 3:34pm 

 Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan and the NYPD will host a gun buy-back program in West Brighton on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan and the NYPD will host a gun buy-back program in West Brighton on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
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WEST BRIGHTON — The NYPD and Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan will host a gun buy-back program on Saturday at Calvary Presbyterian Church in West Brighton.

Residents can trade in handguns or assault rifles for a $200 bank card at the event, double what they can normally get if brought to a station house. A rifle or shotgun surrendered will net a $20 bank card. There guns will be accepted no questions asked.

Donovan said that officials decided to host another gun buy-back program in Staten Island this year because of recent shootings in the borough.

"We live in the safest borough in the safest big city in America, and the more illegal handguns, assault rifles, rifles and shotguns we take off the streets, the safer we become," Donovan said in a statement.

All guns brought to the event must be in a plastic or paper bag, or a small box. If brought in by a car, the guns must be in the trunk.

Law enforcement members will be on hand to accept the guns and make sure they are in working order.

All transactions during the program will be completely anonymous, and the bank cards can be used as debit cards or to withdraw the money from ATMs, a release said. People can bring in as many guns as they want, but will only be paid for three.

A gun buy-back event earlier this year on Staten Island took 55 guns off the street, including a Soviet Union-era assault riffle.

The gun buy-back program will be on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 909 Castleton Ave.

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