LI Gun Buyback Offers $300 for Assault Weapons

Saturday, Mar 30, 2013  |  Updated 2:42 PM EDT
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LI Gun Buyback Offers $300 for Assault Weapons

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A Long Island church is hosting a gun buyback program where anyone turning in an assault weapon gets $300 cash. 
 
And anyone handing in an unregistered handgun at Saturday's buyback gets $100.

  The Prayer Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Amityville was hosting the buyback sponsored by Suffolk County officials. The three-hour event started at noon.
 
The Rev. Walter Willie says the program benefits the whole community because when someone uses a weapon to destroy a life it affects everyone, both perpetrators and victims.
 
County Police Lt. Robert Donohue says an assault weapon was the first one handed in Saturday.
 
He says a man turned in the Russian-made gun because he was nervous about having it in his house.
 
No questions were asked about how the guns were acquired.
 

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