Twenty-three semi-automatic weapons, including a fully-loaded Tec-9, were turned in Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Brownsville. There also were 31 revolvers, seven rifles and shotguns and 10 zip or starter guns.READ MORE: Sneak Peek: Lincoln Center Plaza Transformed Into Green Space For Outdoor Summer Performances
“A fully loaded assault weapon designed to destroy human life was removed from circulation, and thousands of others collected through the cash for guns program no longer have the potential to kill,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
Under the program, individuals can anonymously surrender firearms in exchange for $200 bank cards for working handguns and $20 for rifles or BB guns.
Gun owners can also turn in weapons anonymously at any police station year round and receive $100.READ MORE: LIRR Service Restored After Massive Fire At Westbury Garbage Facility
The Operation GunStop program (1-866-GUN-STOP) also offers rewards up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of an individual who is carrying, selling or using guns illegally.
Police say turning in guns prevents the weapons from getting into the hands of criminals.
Since the program began in 2008, the city says 6,973 guns have been surrendered to the NYPD.
Do you think these gun buyback programs are effective? Sound off in our comments section below…MORE NEWS: Police Open Fire After Pulling Over Suspected Car Thief On West Side Highway
(TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)