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Gun buyback planned Saturday in Hempstead Village

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas plan to host a gun buyback event Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Bethlehem of Judea Church, 83 Greenwich St. in Hempstead Village.

Asset forfeiture funds from the Nassau County Police Department and the district attorney's office are used to fund the program, which is strictly anonymous.

The guns must be operable. Rifles will bring $100 each; handguns, $200, and assault rifles, $400.

Not accepted are: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols and replicas. Guns must be transported in the trunk of the car, unloaded and placed in a shoe box, or plastic/paper bag.

"The Gun Buyback Program, using asset forfeiture dollars, has taken more than 3,500 guns off our streets before they fell into the wrong hands," said Mangano. "Community support is critical to the success of this program, [and] by working together, we can continue to ensure that Nassau County remains the safest suburban County in the nation."

Singas said: "Gun buyback events like these are an important part of our continuing efforts to eliminate the threat of gun violence in our communities."

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