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Project Exile holds annual report luncheon

Posted at: 12/06/2012 10:42 PM

An initiative to get guns off the streets and keep them out of the hands of criminals.

Project Exile held its annual report luncheon Thursday, a luncheon that News10NBC's Rich Funke emceed.

Project Exile is a collaboration of federal, state and local officials, police, prosecutors, clergy and members of the community all working together to get illegal guns off the streets.

It's an initiative that chairman Gary Mervis says has proven its success.

Gary Mervis, Project Exile, said, "We feel really good that here it's been 14 years and 14,000 guns have been taken off the streets of our community. Who knows what devastation those guns could have caused in our community had they been allowed to remain in the hands of the people they were taken away from."

When Project Exile started locally in 1998, Rochester was only the second city across the nation to participate. This is a program that is supported by both the National Rifle Association and Brady Gun Control Initiatives.