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: House Passes Equality Act, Bolstering Legal Protections For LGBTQ Americans
“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: Queens Woman Undergoes Liver Transplant After Doctors Link Mystery Infection To Nose Piercing
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.
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