Brooklyn Police Gun Buyback Program a ‘Tremendous Success’

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Police maintain a perimeter outside a crime scene. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Brooklyn police and politicians have hailed a gun exchange program as a ‘tremendous success’ in getting illegal weapons off the streets.

The premise is simple: community centers set up an area where people can drop off guns they own, without questions asked. In exchange, they receive gift cards and do not face police questioning about their weapons.

“If it’s just one gun, it’s one gun off the streets, one gun that can result in carnage, one gun that can result in the deaths of multiple individuals,” New York Attorney General Letitia James told Pix 11. “I’m really not focused on the number, I’m really focused on the fact that we are able to recover guns and we’re going to keep this community safe.”

Over the weekend, at the monthly event held in Brownsville, police collected 48 illegal guns.

“We’ve seen recently, a number of people, children shot with guns in their homes. Getting these guns off the street are important for public safety. Four dozen fewer guns on the streets of Brownsville, Brooklyn is a tremendous success,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

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