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Brooklyn gun buyback nets 108 firearms
NEW YORK (WABC) -- After meeting with Brooklyn residents who voluntarily surrendered 108 firearms at a Crown Heights church Saturday, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced that murders in Brooklyn fell below 200 last year for the first time since 1963.
Saturday's gun buyback was the first NYPD gun buyback of the year.
Commissioner Kelly described the program as having "critical support from District Attorney Charles Hynes, the Brooklyn clergy, and borough residents."
The firearms were turned in by the public in a matter of a few hours.
"Murders in Brooklyn fell to below 200, to 195, for the first time in nearly a half-century in part because of concerted efforts to get guns off the streets in partnerships like these," Commissioner Kelly said after meeting with neighborhood residents and NYPD officers who processed the surrender of the guns at Bedford Central Presbyterian Church.
Since its inception in July 2008 the NYPD/Clergy Gun Buy-Back program has resulted in more than 7,600 weapons being removed from streets.
A complete breakdown of the firearms that were surrendered is as follows:
Revolvers - 61
Semi-automatics - 29
Rifles - 3
Shotguns - 2
Others - 13
Seven of the 108 firearms surrendered on Saturday were loaded.
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