Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, District Attorney Madeline Singas, and Acting Police Commissioner Tom Krumpter announced that a gun buyback initiative hosted in conjunction with the Hempstead Police Department on Saturday, January 28, at the Judea United Baptist Church in Hempstead resulted in the removal of 297 illegal firearms from Nassau County streets, including 98 long guns, 11 assault guns, and 188 handguns.
Asset-forfeiture funds from the Nassau County Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office are utilized to fund the gun buyback program, which is strictly anonymous. Individuals are paid $100 cash for every turned-in operable rifle, $200 cash for each turned-in operable handgun, and $400 cash for each turned-in operable assault rifle. 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 shoebox or plastic or paper bag.
“The gun buyback program, using asset-forfeiture dollars, has taken more than 4,350 guns off our streets before they fell into the wrong hands,” said County Executive Mangano. “Community support is critical to the success of this program, and I thank the Judea United Baptist Church for hosting this effort to take illegal firearms off our streets. By working together, we continue to ensure that Nassau County remains the safest suburban County in the nation.”
In addition to a dedicated and well-trained police force, gun buyback initiatives have assisted the Nassau County Police Department in successfully reducing crime. Crime in Nassau County has dropped by 27% since 2009, including a 50% decrease in residential burglaries, a 46% reduction in stolen vehicles, and a 43% decrease in robberies. Nassau County is reporting the lowest crime rate in its history since 1966–the year that crime statistics were first recorded. In 2016, major crime dropped 8.71% across all NCPD precincts, continuing a downward trend that began in 2010.