New York’s gun buyback program yields dozens of guns

NEW YORK (AP) — A gun buy-back program has brought dozens of guns to New York City, where authorities are battling a wave of gun violence.

Police and prosecutors said 69 firearms were surrendered anonymously at the event at a Brooklyn church on Saturday, with no questions asked. In exchange, people received $200 gift cards — paid for with drug and gambling confiscation — and iPads donated by the owner of the cheesecake maker’s iconic restaurant Junior.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said one of the guns came from a grandmother who took it from her grandson.

“She said when he opened the drawer he would have the gift card and the iPad, but that gun is out of the house,” Gonzalez said.

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell tweeted, “Every gun we take off our streets is a gun that will never be used to hurt a New Yorker.”

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