Nearly 140 guns, 15 of them assault rifles, were taken off the streets of Nassau County last week in what County Executive Edward P. Mangano and District Attorney Kathleen Rice called "another successful" Gun Buy Back Program.
Since its inception, the program has taken nearly 3,000 guns off the streets, Mangano said in a statement released Friday, while Rice said: "By removing these weapons from our neighborhoods, we eliminate the possibility of them being used in crimes or even accidental shootings in the home."
The latest Gun Buy Back Program event, which netted 139 weapons, took place during a three-hour period last Saturday at Grace Cathedral Church in Uniondale. The program provides for the anonymous surrender of illegal weapons.
Owners of illegal guns were paid $100 for every operable rifle, $200 for every operable handgun and $400 for each operable assault rifle.
Licensed guns, BB guns, air pistols and replicas are not accepted for surrender at gun buybacks.
The assault rifles surrendered at Grace Cathedral included four Norinco SKS 7.62-caliber rifles, as well as one each of these: Arms 7.62, Enfield 7.62; Sport Arms 30-caliber; Tapco 7.62; High Point 9-mm; Aug 30-caliber; Daewoo DR-200 .203-caliber; Cobray M11 9-mm; and a Thompson 1927 A1 .45-caliber -- better known as a Thompson submachine gun or "Tommy gun."
Also surrendered were two .22-caliber rifles, an Armscor MSC Oratio 1600 and a Smith & Wesson M & P 15-22, and a Sentinel Arma Striker 12 Gauge shotgun.
Forfeiture funds from the Nassau County police department and the district attorney's office are used to fund the program.