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Toy Gun Exchange Held On Long Island

December 13, 2018 - 2:45 pm

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Kids on Long Island can trade their toy guns in for other toys.

The Long Island Toy Gun Exchange is being held at Brierly Park on Dartmouth Street in Hempstead on Thursday afternoon.

Children are invited to turn in their water pistols, replica firearms, and other imitation weapons for other "safe" and "more appropriate" toys that are being donated by the program's founder, former NYPD Officer Sean Acosta of Oyster Bay.

The goal is to "stop gun violence before it starts," according to a press release.