Ask the DA: 2013 Brooklyn gun buy back program

On Saturday, August 10, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., I will be joining Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and New York City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene in Flatbush at Saint Paul’s Church in sponsoring a “Cash for Guns” program.

Father Hamblin, the pastor of St. Paul’s, will join us with hosting this event at his church located at 157 Saint Paul’s Place.

During the Gun Buy Back, individuals who own operable handguns and assault rifles are able to trade each of them in for a $200 bank card. BB or air guns, as well as operable rifles and shotguns, can be redeemed for $20 each.

There is no limit to the number of guns participants can surrender, but they will be paid for at most three of them. All of the transactions are anonymous.

The guns must be placed in a plastic or paper bag or a box. Also, if transporting the gun by car, the gun must be transported in the trunk of the automobile. After the gun is screened by officers and determined to be operable, you will be issued a bank card for $200. Active or retired law enforcement officers and licensed gun dealers are not eligible to participate in the program.

For additional information you can call 311 and ask for information regarding the Brooklyn Gun Buy Back Program to Reduce Violent Crime.

Additionally, for announcements concerning future Gun Buy Back Programs, please visit my office’s website at To have your questions answered in a future column please visit

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