Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Police Get Guns Off Queens Streets
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
New York, NY —
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.