Nearly 1,000 guns 'bought back' in Bronx

April 29, 2009 7:53:45 AM PDT
Nearly 1,000 guns were turned in during this weekend's gun buyback in the Bronx, the most collected in any borough by the highly successful program. The weapons were surrendered to six Bronx churches on Saturday afternoon.

Donors got a $200 debit card for each working gun and up to $600 per person.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Bronx County District Attorney Robert Johnson and clergy from the six churches will discuss the gun haul at noon at Police Headquarters.

The nearly 1,000 guns were the most collected in any borough under the program.

In February, 919 guns were collected in Queens. In October, a buy-back program in Harlem brought in 744 weapons. And in Brooklyn, two buy-back days collected 1,108 guns.

Guns weren't the only dangerous weapons collected Saturday.

One person attempted to turn over a live hand grenade at the New Gospel Temple Church of God in Christ.

The man was arrested and the church briefly evacuated.

Anyone who missed the buy-back day can drop off a gun at a local precinct for $100 anytime.


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