Police exchange guns for cash in NYC churches

October 29, 2008 10:15:55 AM PDT
New York City police and prosecutors say 744 firearms - including sawed-off shotguns and cheap handguns - have been collected at a guns-for-cash program in five Harlem churches last weekend. The guns were displayed Wednesday at Manhattan District Attorney's Robert Morgenthau's office.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says a total 2,267 firearms were taken in around the city in four days. Says Kelly: "That's potentially over 2,000 lives saved."

The program has bought more than 5,000 guns since 2002 - using $140,000 taken from drug dealers. Morgenthau says, "I can't think of a better way to recycle drug money."

Anyone who brought in a gun was handed a $200 bank card - no questions asked.

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