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Community Leaders Call For Citywide Gun Recovery Initiative

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Elected officials and religious leaders gathered on the steps of City Hall Tuesday to call for a citywide gun recovery initiative.

They're asking New Yorkers to turn in any illegal firearms to the NYPD in exchange for $100 cash, no questions asked.

They're also bringing back the "Toys for Guns" program, in which a parent can turn in a weapon in exchange for a toy or coupon for a toy.

Officials also expressed their support for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Gun Trafficking Prevention Act, currently before the U.S. Senate.

"I think we're suffering from the paralysis of analysis, where everybody wants to debate this issue and find an angle to it. Simply, we should not be promoting more guns on the street," said State Senator Adriano Espaillat. "The other matter is the gun lobby in Washington, which is pumping millions and millions of dollars, and there's blood all over their hands. And we should take them on."

Officials are also calling for increased support of mental health facilities.

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