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Gun buyback program in Freeport on Saturday

Turning in working, unlicensed handguns can be worth $200 apiece as part of the Nassau County Police Department's Gun Buy Back Program Saturday in Freeport.

Police Monday announced the program, in which it will buy back operable unlicensed handguns from 9 a.m. to noon at Perfecting Faith Church, 311 N. Main St.

The buy-back program is limited to handguns, police said in a news release. Licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols, long guns and replicas are not accepted.

Guns brought to the church by car must be in the trunk, unloaded and put in a plastic/paper bag or in a shoe box.

County Executive Edward Mangano and District Attorney Kathleen Rice are co-sponsors of the event; forfeiture funds from the Nassau police and the district attorney are used to back the program.

Mangano said in the release that the program, "using asset forfeiture dollars, has taken 2,099 guns off our streets."

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