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Nassau Takes Back 330 Illegal Guns in Buy Back Program

Nassau County program held at Uniondale church garnered hand guns and assault rifles.

Story by Joe Dowd. 

Last weekend's gun buy-back program took in 330 illegal guns, including nearly 200 handguns, 15 assault rifles and 7 sawed-off shotguns, Nassau County officials announced Tuesday. There were even two Tec-9's collected, semi-automatic handguns.

Nassau's program was held at the Grace Cathedral in Uniondale where residents could bring in the weapons with no questions asked. The participants were paid on a sliding scale for their weapons, so long as they were operational:

The payment scale, which did not allow for licensed guns, long guns and replicas, was:
  • $100 for a rifle
  • $200 for a handgun
  • $400 for an assault rifle.
"Gun Violence has ended far too many promising young lives, torn close-knit families apart and held once thriving neighborhoods hostage," said Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
County Executive Edward P. Mangano said community support is critical to the program's ongoing success, which has taken more than 2,600 guns off the streets in the past dozen times the buy-back was offered.

In an interview, Mangano said many of the weapons were brought in by relatives of the owners. "The program works so well because we work with the local clergy and people feel like they have a safe place to come," Mangano told Patch. "People also feel they are doing the right thing."

Rice added that the program's impressive yield, which was on display at a press conference Wednesday at the Nassau Office of Emergency Management may have been, in part, a response to the Sandy Hook murders in Newtown, Conn.

"You can't understate the impact of the horrible tragedy at Newtown," Rice said. "That may have influenced the number of guns we saw turned in."

In fact, at least one of the assault rifles in the collected arsenal on display Tuesday. was the same type of weapon used by Adam Lanza to slaughter 27 people Dec. 14, including 20 kindergarten students and six school employees.
Tisizele scott February 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM
How about support from the Probation & Parole Officers too? Random checks between the hours 11pm - 7am. 3-5 times a day 7 days a week? That would most def get the illegal guns out of the high crime community.
Tideline February 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM
My understanding was that according to NBC News, 4 Pistols were used in Newtown, not AR15. But that not not flow with the political agenda. How many criminals showed up to turn in their guns ? How many indictments did D.A. Rice hand down in 2012 for convicted Felons who attempted to legally purchase a firearm in N.C. and were rejected during the background check ? Answer ZERO. It also appears that 207 of the 330 Firearms collected may have been either unlicensed or illegal to own, what is illegal about owning and turning in a Long Gun that does not require a license to begin with ? Answer: It sounds better in the media to say all 330 were illegal and not a much lesser figure like 207 or even less than that. One AR15 turned in out of 330 Firearms, gee that is less than one third of one percent of what was turned in. I feel so much safer now. Should we talk now about how N.C. Police have the fewest number of Officers Patrolling our streets now than at anytime since the 1950's (according to the Officers I have spoken to directly). Shall we talk about how Nassa County just lost a 2008 Law Suit with Police for illegally freezing their salaries for over 4 years and how much that is now going to cost Nassau County Tax payers, no I did not think they would want to talk about their loss in Court.
Tideline February 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Beleive NBC News or Kathleen Rice and The Patch ? http://www.today.com/video/today/50208495#50208495 4 Pistols were used in Newtown, not an AR15 as stated above. But, Nassau County has never let facts get in the way of a Photo Oppportunity.
Tideline February 21, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Perhaps the Patch will do a story on the Lawsuit that was won against Kathleen Rice and Nassau County for False arrest and loss of business by the gun store in Floral Park, who won a $5,000,000 judgement last year. No press conference or article about that ? How come ? It does not fit the agenda in Nassau County, or the local media ? Anyone have the link to the Newsday article about the $5M judgement ?

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