Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz and the NYPD announced that 32 guns were collected on Saturday, November 19 at the Church of God Christian Academy in Far Rockaway. The gun buyback events seek to curb gun violence and the destruction it causes by accepting working unloaded firearms – with no questions asked – in exchange for compensation.
The event was co-sponsored by the NYPD, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, Office of the State Attorney General Letitia James, City Council Majority Whip Selvena Brooks-Powers, Church of God Christian, Academy, First Church of God and Food Bazaar Supermarket.
“Gun violence will never become the norm in our communities, and we will continue to make every determined effort to rid our streets of this plague. My Office, in partnership with our faith- based leaders, local public officials and neighborhood residents, stand united in support of meaningful prevention strategies such as the gun buyback events, “District Attorney Katz said.
DA Katz’s administration has collected over 400 firearms at eight gun buybacks.