The buyback, which began on Saturday, has already netted 40 handguns, 38 long guns and an AK-47, according to police.
Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced Tuesday that the state spent $242,225 in criminal forfeiture funds to buy back firearms.
One of the largest gun buybacks in Nassau County history was held Saturday morning, and police believe the large turnout had to do with the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn.
After a number of successful guns for cash exchanges in New Jersey, another gun buyback is taking place today and Saturday in Essex County.
The firearms were turned in at the Church of the Open Door; in all fifty-six revolvers, thirty-four pistols, eight rifles, one assault rifle, three shotguns, and eleven other assorted weapons were surrendered.
The day after Valentine’s Day ill mark the start of a two day guns for cash exchange at six churches in Essex County.
Authorities say all the weapons obtained through the program will be destroyed.
The New Haven Register reports that police and the Injury-Free Coalition for Kids of New Haven organized the gun buyback on Saturday, collecting 63 guns of all makes and models.
Officials hold a series of gun buyback events in New Haven and Bridgeport in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.
In the wake of the horror in Newtown, Connecticut, elected officials and religious leaders in New York City are calling for people to turn in their illegal guns and they also want a citywide gun recovery initiative.
Men and women are turning in guns on Saturday during a day-long buyback program sponsored by the NYPD and the DA’s office. Authorities are giving $200 for every handgun and $20 for every rifle.
More than 500 weapons were turned in on Saturday at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica.
Some of the guns turned included 245 revolvers, 168 semi-automatic pistols and 35 shotguns. An AK 47 and a tec-9 were also turned in.
Community leaders are banding together to encourage gun buyback programs across Brooklyn.