Nassau law enforcement officials will pay cash in exchange for unlicensed handguns Saturday at an anonymous gun buyback program at a Long Beach church.

Those who turn in working handguns will receive $200, officials said. Licensed guns, rifles, air pistols and BB guns do not qualify for the cash payments.

The program is to be held at the Christian Light Missionary Baptist Church, at 620 Rev. J.J. Evans Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A similar event held in Long Beach in January netted more than 100 guns, according to County Executive Edward Mangano.

"Community support is critical to the success of this program," he said in a prepared statement. "We appreciate the assistance of the members of the clergy who are participating in this effort."

This is to be the sixth gun buyback program in Nassau since December 2008. Authorities have since collected almost 1,500 guns in such events, a spokesman for the Nassau district attorney's office said. About 200 of those were BB guns, he said.

Authorities said that those who bring guns to the site in a vehicle Saturday need to store the weapon in the trunk in a plastic or paper bag or a shoebox.

The weapons will be tested to check whether they were used to commit crimes, the spokesman said. The program is funded with money seized by Nassau law enforcement officials.

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