Nassau gun buyback nets 330 illegal weapons

In total, 330 illegal weapons were turned in for the county's 13th buyback program, Nassau officials say. (2/19/13)

HEMPSTEAD - Officials say hundreds of illegal guns are now off the streets of Nassau after the county held a buyback program over the weekend.

In total, 330 illegal weapons were turned in for the county's 13th buyback program. Officials say that among the weapons turned in were 195 handguns, 15 assault rifles and seven sawed-off shotguns.

County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau), the county district attorney and Nassau's police commissioner are calling the event money well spent. They say this weekend's buyback netted more weapons than ever before.

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In total, more than 2,600 guns have been turned in since the county program first began. Each weapon was bought back using money seized from convicted criminals, officials say.

Some residents who spoke to News 12 Long Island, however, dispute the idea that giving money to someone who was in possession of an illegal weapon is a good idea.

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