Queens authorities step up to the plate to help reduce violence in their burrough by buying guns for $200..with no questions asked.
The event will be held Saturday at six different locations in the Rockaways and South Queens. The program aims to take illegal guns off the streets by offering a $200 cash reward for each eligible weapon surrender. However there are rules:
Handguns, rifles and shotguns will be accepted. Functional BB guns and air pistols can be exchanged for a $20 bank card. The guns must be functional. No guns will be accepted from active or retired law enforcement officials.
The gun buy-back program is centered on neighborhoods in the Rockaways and South Queens, where homicides increased from 43 to 71 in 2008.
Participating churches and their pastors are:
Macedonia Baptist Church, 330 Beach 67th Street in Far Rockaway
Rev. Evan Gray
First Baptist Church, 15-10 Redfern Avenue in Far Rockaway
Rev. Duane M. Sleet
Praise Tabernacle, 108-11 Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica
Rev. Ceaser Beckett
Evangel Temple, 227-10 Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton
Pastor Alice Evers
Majority Baptist Church, 115-21 Farmers Boulevard in Jamaica
Rev. Scott Brown
Presbyterian Baptist Church, 190-04 119th Avenue in Saint Albans
Rev. Dr. Edward Davis