Guns

Queens gun buyback brings in more than 500 weapons
Queens gun buyback brings in more than 500 weapons
Southeast Timothy Petropoulos 8/20/2012 at 1:22PM

With no questions asked, hundreds of people walked into New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica and turned in 509 guns over the weekend. The gun buyback program, the first since 2009, netted an AK 47, tec-9, 245 revolvers, 168 semi-automatic pistols and a Calico 9mm with a 50 round capacity magazine. Participants received $200 for [...]

Officials unveil plan to curb gun violence
Officials unveil plan to curb gun violence
News Terence M. Cullen 8/17/2012 at 3:56PM

Community outreach and communication highlighted a pledge from officials and an announcement of a nine-point plan to put a ceasefire to gun violence in southeast Queens. The plan, revealed by District Attorney Richard A. Brown and a number of elected officials on Friday, August 17, came on the eve of a buy back program in [...]

Hear no evil, see no evil?
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 8/17/2012 at 12:18PM

In the 1970s it was the summer of Son of Sam. Today it’s the summer of shootings. Just last week Sergeant Craig Bier became the 10th NYPD officer shot in the line of duty this year. The 15-year veteran, who boasts some 60-plus medals and citations, was shot in each leg during a firefight after [...]

Gianaris bills would make NY toughest on guns
News Billy Rennison 8/10/2012 at 11:11AM

In the wake of multiple massacres across the country and an increase in shootings citywide, a state politician is calling for New York to become the nation’s leader in gun control. State Senator Michael Gianaris introduced a bevy of bills in Albany that would strengthen the state’s gun laws, making them the toughest in the [...]

When will the violence end?
Letters Letters 8/02/2012 at 12:23PM

The recent tragic, yet unrelated, shootings of a four-year-old boy and several adults and a two-year-old girl in our city are real reminders that violence is increasing, and must be stopped. Community leaders, along with the mayor, the district attorneys and the police commissioner, need to convene to attempt to come up with a solution [...]

The good & ugly
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 8/02/2012 at 12:12PM

THE GOOD . . . Taking back our streets. We applaud the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) — and all others like it — in their efforts to curb vandalism. Though we are lovers of art, we feel that graffiti is a blight on our communities. It lowers the value of area homes and reduces [...]

Pols, police push for less violence; Say gun buybacks are pivotal
Pols, police push for less violence; Say gun buybacks are pivotal
News Terence M. Cullen 7/17/2012 at 10:18AM

The shells are gone, but the discussion over whose responsibility it is to keep the streets safe has broken out into a different sort of fire fight. After a wave of citywide violence that included several deaths in Queens, elected officials and the NYPD have each said the other side has to do more to [...]

Shock cop suicide
Shock cop suicide
News Jay Lane 1/20/2012 at 9:13AM

Shock cop suicide An NYPD cop fatally shot himself last night while on-duty and interviewing the victim of a Queens car break-in, sources told The Post. The officer, whose name was withheld pending family notification, got into a heated argument on his cellphone with his girlfriend and fired one bullet into his face after the [...]

Queens hotel fire rescue
Queens hotel fire rescue
News Jay Lane 1/17/2012 at 9:05AM

Queens hotel fire rescue Firefighters fought their way through heavy smoke and shooting flames yesterday to rescue a man with no pulse from a burning Queens motel and bring him back to life. The victim was in a third-floor room at the Conduit Motor Inn in South Ozone Park at around 4 p.m. when members [...]

Politics Aside: Are NYC’s gun laws unconstitutional?
Blogs / Columnists / Voices Robert Hornak 1/03/2012 at 1:49PM

After years of complaints by all but the most ardent anti-gun activists, New York City’s insanely strict gun laws are finally being exposed for the unconstitutional mess they are after two separate incidents in December in which tourists, with all the proper permits from their home states, were arrested for possessing firearms. In the first [...]