By PoliceOne Staff
NEW YORK — This weekend, NYPD officers located at three city churches in the Bronx collected 354 firearms as part of their gun buyback program.
According to the Associated Press article outlining the program, anyone can turn in a firearm and receive $200.
Program participants are ensured they will not be subject to arrest.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly believes the program makes the city safer. If fewer weapons circulate, fewer end up in the hands of criminals. As an official from the Bronx DA office stated, "it helps us take these guns off the streets."
As the program gets older, people warm up to the idea of using it. On Saturday, an AK-47 assault rifle and a submachine gun were collected from program participants, who are ensured anonymity.
The program started in 2008 and since then, approximately 7,000 weapons have been put back in the hands of law enforcement.