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Private Gun Buyback Program To Be Held In East New York

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Gun buybacks are nothing new in the city, but an upcoming one in Brooklyn stands apart because it won't be held by the New York City Police Department.

"Guns for Greatness" is being held Saturday at the Christian Cultural Center in East New York.

It was created with the help of numerous businesses, organizations and members of the hip-hop community.

The goal of the program is to help stop gun violence by getting more firearms off the streets, especially in high-crime neighborhoods.

People who turn in their guns can remain anonymous.

The $200 payments for operable firearms will come in the form of bank cards and are being financed through private donors.

Younger people who get rid of a gun can also get linked up with a mentor.

"It is in hopes that we will attract the young to come and turn in their firearms and exchange it for a greatness, not rooted in powerful gun ownership, but in the talents and abilities that lie within them that remain untapped," said the Rev. A.R. Bernard, founder of the Christian Cultural Center.

The program will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The NYPD will collect all the guns that are turned in.

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