Bronx DA to Trade iPads, Cash Cards for Operable Guns

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

The Bronx District Attorney’s Office will hold a “no questions asked” gun buyback event Saturday with a new, hi-tech incentive: iPads.

Amid a surge in shootings in the borough, DA Darcel Clark’s Office is partnering with the New York Yankees to provide Apple tablets as a way of getting firearms off the streets.

People who turn in handguns and assault rifles – regardless of whether they’re illegal – will receive $200 pre-paid cards for up to three guns, as well as a free iPad for the first 150 participants, no questions asked.

Operable rifles of the standard variety, shotguns, and airguns can be traded in for $25 pre-paid cards.

The buyback will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 777 East 222nd Street and Barnes Avenue.

All participants are required to wear masks.

There have been 315 shooting incidents in the Bronx this year, wounding 377 people, a major jump from 2019, when there were 176 shootings that wounded 196 people, according to prosecutors.

In the 47th Precinct, where St. Luke’s is located, there have been 42 people wounded in 38 shooting incidents, more than double the number of victims and incidents at this time last year, prosecutors said.

For more information on the buyback call 917-280-2511.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.