New York church buys back guns to get them off streets



In an effort to fight back against mounting gun violence, the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Queens, New York, hosted a gun buy-back on August 18, where community members were invited to turn in their arms in exchange for a $200 (about 160 euros) gift card. The haul: 509 weapons.



The event is a no-questions-asked affair. No one will inquire if a gun is legal or not, and it doesn’t matter if someone walks in with a BB gun or a sawed-off shotgun. The only thing that fluctuates is the amount of cash the weapon can be traded in for.


According to a New York Police Department spokesperson, this year’s gun buy-back in Queens attracted some “notable weapons”, including one AK47.


All photos courtesy of the NYPD.


This is not the first time a gun buy-back event has been held in one of New York City’s boroughs. In fact, the city has “recovered” 8,200 weapons since the city-wide programme first began.