After watching a news story about an innocent 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot while sitting in a relative’s parked car in Brooklyn, Alan Rosen sponsored a gun buyback event last spring.

Rosen, the third-generation owner of Junior’s Restaurant, helped remove 69 guns, including rifles and pistols, from New York City streets with the buyback event in May.

“The first buyback was not only successful because we removed 69 guns from citizen possession,” said Rosen, “but because we did the right thing and we did it safely.”

Continuing this effort, Junior’s Restaurant is co-sponsoring another gun buyback this coming Saturday. On Dec. 17, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, individuals can exchange handguns, assault rifles, shotguns and airguns for monetary compensation. The event will be held at the Cornerstone Baptist Church, 574 Madison St., in Brooklyn.

Those turning in assault rifles will receive a $500 bank card. Individuals turning in rifles and shotguns will receive $150 and those turning in an airgun will receive $50. Additionally, the first 50 people who come to trade in a gun will receive an iPad. 

“As a father, businessman, and owner of restaurants that have been woven into the very fabric of New York for more than 70 years, I want to do everything I can to keep my borough, my city, my restaurants and my fellow New Yorkers safe. If this gun buyback just saves the life of one other innocent boy or girl, it is worth it. Of course, we’re hoping that hundreds of individuals will participate by turning in their guns so we can really make a major dent in the problem,” said Rosen.

Co-sponsors of the event include the New York Police Department, New York Police Foundation, Oyate Group and the King’s County District Attorney’s Office.

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