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NYC Churches Invite Gun Owners To Trade In Weapons Post-School Shooting

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File photo of N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg walking around a table of guns. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

File photo of N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg walking around a table of guns. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — A day after 26 people were shot to death in a Connecticut school, two New York churches have invited gun owners to hand in their weapons — no questions asked.

Two Brooklyn pastors opened their churches Saturday to the city’s Gun Buyback program. Anyone can trade in their weapon for a $200 bank card. The transactions are anonymous.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at the forefront of a national gun-control effort. He’s backed by Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, who lost her husband when a gunman opened fire on the Long Island Rail Road in 1993.

The two Brooklyn churches open for the gun transactions till 4 p.m. are Mt. Ollie Baptist Church in the Brownsville neighborhood and St. Peters Lutheran Church in the Cypress Hills section.

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