Queens buyback collects more than 500 guns

Amid a rash of shootings in New York City this…

Amid a rash of shootings in New York City this summer, officials in Queens sponsored a gun buyback initiative on Saturday that collected 509 firearms.

Anyone who handed in a legal or illegal handgun at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica received a $200 gift card. 245 revolvers and 168 semi-automatic pistols were among the recovered guns as well as an AK 47, tec-9, and a Calico 9mm with a 50 round magazine.

The effort was held in the same neighborhood where Police Sergeant Craig Bier was shot in both legs while working with an anti-gang unit last week.

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