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Queens gun buyback nets nearly 30 weapons


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

D’aja Robinson’s life was taken at the age of 14 by a stray bullet. Her Jamaica community responded by hosting a gun buyback event in an effort to get weapons off the street.

On Saturday, the NYPD, district attorney and borough president put on the event at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church. Residents who came and turned in a weapon — no questions asked — received a $200 bank card in return.

Twenty-nine weapons were recovered, including 17 revolvers, eight semi-automatics, one rifle and three others, including BB guns and starter guns, police said.

“It is a commendable endeavor that Borough President [Helen] Marshall, District Attorney [Richard] Brown and the NYPD coordinated the gun buyback program in memory of the late D’aja Robinson,” said Councilmember Ruben Wills.

“Success will be ours the day we will no longer have to hold a gun buyback program.”

 

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Queens gun buyback brings in more than 500 weapons


| tpetropoulosedit@queenscourier.com

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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 handguns and $20 for rifles and shotguns in exchange for their weapons.

“I’m excited about [the gun buyback program], not in a good way, because I wish all these guns were not on the street, but I am excited that they are coming in,” said State Senator Malcolm Smith, who co-sponsored the program with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “With the feedback we had today, I am encouraged that the people are starting to say ‘You know what, enough is enough, I am going to be part of the solution.’”

As of August 5, shootings have seen a nine percent increase in New York City this year compared to last year, with 882 shooting incidents so far, according to NYPD data.

“I am all for this gun buyback program,” said Donna Hood, a member of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church who lost a son, Kevin Lamont Miller Jr., to a stray bullet in Jamaica in 2009. “I still have a son to raise, so if this program will make it a little safer for kids that we still have on the streets, that’s alright with me.”