Nassau Gun Buy-Back Event Gets Over 300 Firearms Off The Streets
February 18, 2013
Event the biggest of its type in Nassau County History
(Long Island, NY) Nassau County held its biggest and most successful gun buy-back event in its history this past weekend, getting over 300 legal and illegal firearms off the streets due to the overwhelming response of the public.
Taking place at Grace Cathedral in Uniondale and supported by Forfeiture funds collected from crime scenes, the buy-back event offered residents a chance to turn in any firearm anonymously in exchange for cash – no questions asked.
Taking place on Saturday morning over a three-hour time span, the buy-back program is the result of collaboration between the Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Nassau Police in an attempt to combat gun violence and improve neighborhood safety, according to an official statement.
According to Patrick Ryder, Nassau County Police Commanding Officer, this is the fifth year of the program’s existence, and was easily its most successful ever, bringing in a total of 330 pistols, rifles, shotguns, machine guns, and assault rifles.
Law required the firearms transported to the event be stored in the trunks of vehicles, be unloaded, and contained in cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, or plastic bags. Many attending the event wore concealing clothing such as hooded sweatshirts and sunglasses to hide their identity, despite the buy-back being advertised as “no questions asked.”
People turning in firearms netted $100 for each handgun and $200 for each rifle. In addition, Nassau County was also accepting assault rifles for the first time in the program’s history, offering $400 for each one turned in.