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Gun Buyback Programs Planned For All Of City’s 5 Boroughs

10 Buyback Programs Planned Over 12 Months
Gun Buyback Announcement

City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-45th) announces plans for citywide gun buyback programs. (Credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On the heels of at least four shootings this weekend, 10 gun buyback programs will take place over 12 months in all five boroughs of New York City.

As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn announced plans for the buyback program at City Hall on Sunday.

“The decisions will be made on the number of shooting incidents, the number of homicides, gun arrests,” Quinn said.

Quinn and several City Council members stood with community leaders, and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, in support of the $300,000 initiative.

“Do you think criminals turn in guns? The answer is of course not,” Hynes said. “But criminals will break into your home, take your gun.”

The one group not represented in announcing the gun buyback was the NYPD, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg backed in vetoing two bills aimed at curtailing the stop-and-frisk program last week.

In response to that issue, Quinn – who supported the bills – said they could agree to disagree and move on.

“There is a place in government where people think that if you disagree on one thing you can never agree again,” she said. “It’s called Washington.”

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