Nassau gun buyback nets 475 weapons

December 22, 2008 3:26:54 AM PST
Authorities say 475 illegal guns have been turned in at Long Island churches during an initiative that paid owners to get rid of the firearms. Saturday's event was Nassau County's first gun buyback program in 20 years. District Attorney Kathleen Rice says the results greatly surpassed officials' expectations.

Residents were paid $200 for illegal handguns and shotguns, no questions asked. The purchases were underwritten with money seized in criminal investigations.

Rice and Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey say the event also netted 83 BB guns and air pistols, at $20 apiece.

Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island have recently undertaken similar efforts.

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