Five Harlem churches collected hundreds of weapons — in exchange for cash. Rifles, handguns and shotguns were handed over on Saturday — no questions asked. Each person who brought a firearm was handed a $200 bank card. By late Saturday, more than 500 were collected.
The program was inacted as an effort to reduce violent crime and get unnecessary firearms off the city streets. To drive the message home, citizens participating in the program were led, “through a graveyard to turn in their guns – a journey that authorities hope will save lives” (NY Daily News).