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BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photo by Denise Romano
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These illegal guns were seized by the NYPD and Kings County District Attorney in a recent bust.

The first of its kind in the city, a gun buyback sponsored by the Sunset Park Fifth Avenue BID will be held on Saturday, October 26.

In conjunction with the Kings County district attorney’s office and the 72nd Precinct, the BID will hold the buy back at the Beit El-Maqdis Islamic Center located on Sixth Avenue at 62nd Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We are hoping that this will create a safer atmosphere, not just in our community,” explained Renee Giordano, executive director of the BID, adding that she hopes residents from other neighborhoods will also participate. “Every gun off the street is a plus for the city.”

Giordano said that the event is “showing how the community is getting together,” given this is the first gun buyback sponsored by a BID and the first ever held in a mosque.

In addition, the Brooklyn Chinese Association, Amalgamated Bank, the Law Office of Delvis Valdes, Esq., Stomp, La Vida, the Law Office of Patrick Hayes, Esq., Nancy Ruiz, Investigator, Kenby Pharmacy, Uncle Louie G & Cupcake Stand, Rising Sun Alarm, Sunset Park Security Training and Sunset Park Security Services will be sponsors.

We are really excited about working with the D.A. and the police and even with other community organizations just to make our streets safer,” Giordano said.

Those who bring in guns will get bank cards in return. Those who give an operable handgun or assault rifle will get $200 back. Those who hand over rifles, shotguns and other guns will get $20.

For more information, contact the BID at 718-439-7767 or by e-mailing info@sunsetparkbid.org; the D.A.’s office at 718-250-2000; the 72nd Precinct at 718-965-6311; or the Beit El-Maqdis Islamic Center at 718-567-7091.

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