Published On: March 6, 20226.5 min read144 words

Community group partners with government officials for gun buyback program in Washington Heights

Eyewitness News ABC 7

Community leaders in Washington Heights, Manhattan, partnered with local government to host a gun buyback program in an effort to get guns off the streets. The program, organized by the Oyate Group and its ‘A Mother’s Promise’ program, offered pre-paid gift cards ranging from $50 to $500 for operable handguns, assault rifles, rifles, shotguns, BB guns, and imitation pistols – no questions asked. New York State Senator Robert Jackson expressed that the initiative aims to make the neighborhood and city safer. This event marked the second buyback sponsored by the Oyate Group, with a previous one in the Bronx collecting 70 guns in December. The organization’s partnership with government agencies allowed them to offer more money for operable guns, and the Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg emphasized the importance of removing guns from the streets for potential life-saving impacts.


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