After much public outcry from residents and elected officials, the police commissioner and the Queens borough president are sponsoring a gun buyback event on June 23. All weapons must be operable.
Those who turn in a handgun will receive a $200 bank card and those dropping off a rifle or shotgun will get a $20 bank card. No questions asked. The weapons should be brought to St. Benedict the Moor Church at 171-17 110 Ave. in Jamaica from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Guns must be placed in a plastic or paper bag or box. The bank cards will be issued after the guns are determined to be functional. People can bring in as many guns as they want, but they will only receive a payment for up to three guns.
Active or retired law enforcement officers and licensed gun dealers are not eligible to participate in the program. No current or retired law enforcement guns will be accepted. For more information regarding the Queens Gun Buyback Program, call 311.