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Police Get Guns Off Queens Streets

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

In the last six months the city has received 3,500 weapons through the gun buyback program, which assures gun owners of complete confidentiality. And at $200 per gun, the program isn't a bad way to make some extra cash. But officials say the smartest thing they've done was to move the gun buyback events out of police stations and into churches, so the event doesn't look like some sort of trap. Church pastors say many of the people who brought in guns were seniors. But an NYPD spokesman says they were probably acting on behalf of their more criminally-inclined sons or grandsons. The next gun buyback will be in the Bronx.

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