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AG's office to hold gun buyback in Niagara Falls


Mon, Jun 11th 2018 02:20 pm
Buyback will offer gift cards for working and non-working firearms
The New York attorney general's office announced it will sponsor a gun buyback in Niagara Falls on Wednesday, part of the office's statewide gun buyback program across New York. The buyback is co-sponsored by the City of Niagara Falls Police Department.
The attorney general's office will accept, with no questions asked, working and non-working unloaded weapons in exchange for compensation on site. The attorney general's office will offer money in the form of prepaid debit cards when a gun is received by law enforcement officers. Prepaid debit cards with the appropriate amount will be issued after each unloaded gun is received and secured by the officers on-site. Free gun locks will also be available for attendees of the gun buyback.
Guns must be transported to the drop-off site unloaded, in the trunk of the vehicle, in a plastic or paper bag or box. Both working and non-working firearms will be accepted, and there is no limit on the number of firearms an individual can turn in. Licensed gun dealers and active or retired law enforcement officers are not eligible for this program.
The attorney general's office will provide the following compensation by gift card for firearms turned in on site:
  • $25 for non-working or antique firearms
  • $50 for rifles and shotguns
  • $75 for handguns
  • $100 for assault weapons
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at 520 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls.
The A.G.'s office has sponsored more than a dozen gun buybacks statewide since 2013, which have resulted in nearly 1,700 firearms turned in.
The statewide gun buyback program is part of the office's broader effort to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence.
The attorney general's office developed model gun show procedures, a series of safety procedures for gun show operators in New York, and announced new policies to help social media sites curb illegal sales of firearms on their platforms. In 2016, the AG's office released a first-of-its-kind analysis of tens of thousands of "crime guns" recovered by law enforcement, illustrating gun trafficking trends that undermine New York's sensible laws. The attorney general's organized crime task force has focused on taking violent gun traffickers off streets. 

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