Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. and the New York City Police Department hosted a gun buyback event at Bethel Gospel Assembly in Harlem today. The buyback received a total of 48 guns from approximately 40 members of the community.
“Gun buyback events are impactful tools for crime prevention and community building, especially in times of increased gun violence in our City,” said District Attorney Vance. “I want to thank our partners at the NYPD, the leaders at Bethel Gospel Assembly, and all those who helped make their community safer by participating in today’s event while practicing social distancing.”
The buyback offered community members the opportunity to anonymously turn in their firearms in exchange for prepaid gift cards. Individuals received $200 for handguns and assault rifles and $25 for rifles, shotguns, and airguns. The recovered weapons include: 19 revolvers, 17 pistols, four rifles, one shotgun and seven other guns. All volunteers and attendees were required to wear masks, and social distancing measures were in place.
Despite limitations of in-person engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office continues to address and prevent gun violence and create safe opportunities for youth engagement. The Office’s Community Partnerships and Crime Strategies Units, in collaboration with government and community partners, coordinates virtual and in-person conversations to increase trust and raise awareness with communities most impacted by gun violence. Additionally, the Office’s signature Saturday Night Lights programs remained operational, offering remote health and fitness programming, including: at-home fitness training, games, and conversations with sports trainers.