New York City will launch a citywide gun buyback program later this year aimed at removing thousands of illegal guns off the street.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn made the announcement Sunday. The Council and the NYPD each will contribute $150,000 for 10 gun buyback events.
Individuals can surrender handguns with no questions asked.
The program will offer $200 for handguns and assault rifles and a $20 for rifles and shotguns.
The New York Police Department is planning a heavy presence for the city's July Fourth celebrations.
Mayor Bloomberg and New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly joined veteran law enforcement officials today in urging City Council members to vote down two bills that are expected to be voted on this week.
The first bill would establish an Inspector General position within the NYPD. That official would be responsible for overseeing and investigating police practices.
Mayor Bloomberg says if enacted, the legislation would interfere with police officers' ability to protect New Yorkers.
A group of New York City Muslims teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union, New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project of Main Street Legal Services at the CUNY School of Law to file a lawsuit against the NYPD.
New security plans for the Statue of Liberty could leave visitors vulnerable when the island reopens July Fourth, New York officials said Monday.
Sen. Charles Schumer and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly called for the National Park Service to reverse its plan to move security screening to nearby Ellis Island.
"The NYPD and the Park Service have differences over how to best protect visitors from a potential terrorist attack," said Kelly, adding that he has written to the secretary of the interior about the issue.
In a pugnacious defense of what he called a police force bombarded by politics, Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out Tuesday at critics of the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk practice and surveillance programs.