County gun buyback program coming Jan. 28

Mangano: Program gets thousands of weapons off streets


Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, District Attorney Madeline Singas and Acting Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter will host a Gun Buy Back event in conjunction with the Hempstead Police Department on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Judea United Baptist Church, 83 Greenwich Street in Hempstead.

Asset forfeiture funds from the Nassau County Police Department and the District Attorney's Office are utilized to fund the Gun Buy Back Program, which is strictly anonymous. Individuals are paid $100 cash for every turned in operable rifle, $200 cash for each turned in operable handgun and $400 cash for each turned in operable assault rifle. Not accepted are: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols and replicas. Guns must be transported in the trunk of the car, unloaded and placed in a shoebox, or plastic/paper bag.

"The Gun Buyback Program, using asset forfeiture dollars, has taken more than 4,065 guns off our streets before they fell into the wrong hands," said Mangano. "Community support is critical to the success of this program, and I thank the Judea United Baptist Church for hosting this effort to take illegal firearms off our streets. By working together, we can continue to ensure that Nassau County remains the safest suburban County in the nation."

"Gun violence is a national epidemic and we must all work together to remove dangerous weapons from our streets and our communities," Singas said. "The Gun Buyback Program has helped remove thousands of guns from Nassau County and we are proud to partner with the Judea United Baptist Church and our law enforcement partners to host this event. Every Nassau County resident deserves to live in a community that is free of gun violence, and by investing in programs like this we can help make that a reality."