Source: US State of New York
News from the New York Attorney General’s Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2018
Attorney General’s Press Office / 212-416-8060
A.G. UNDERWOOD ANNOUNCES 155 GUNS TURNED IN AT NIAGARA FALLS GUN BUYBACK
New York Attorney General’s Statewide Gun Buyback Program Has Now Taken More Than 1,800 Unwanted Firearms Out Of Homes and Off Streets – Part of AG’s Broader Efforts to Keep New Yorkers Safe from Gun Violence
NIAGARA FALLS—Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood announced that 155 firearms were turned into law enforcement at her office’s gun buyback event today in Niagara Falls. The Attorney General’s Office accepts, with no questions asked, working and non-working unloaded weapons in exchange for compensation on site. Since the Attorney General’s Office launched its statewide gun buyback program in 2013, the office has now collected more than 1,800 firearms across New York State. The buyback was co-sponsored by the Niagara Falls Police Department.
“We are committed to doing whatever we can to protect New Yorkers from gun violence,” said Attorney General Underwood. “Gun buyback events allow people to turn in unwanted or forgotten guns so that they don’t endanger our children, our families, and law enforcement officers. My office will continue to tackle gun violence and fight for the federal action needed to keep our communities safe.”
Today’s gun buyback resulted in 155 guns being turned in. That number includes 2 assault weapons; 76 handguns; 37 rifles; 25 shotguns and 15 non-working or antique guns.
The Attorney General’s office offers money in the form of gift cards when a gun is received by law enforcement officers. Gift cards with the appropriate amount are issued after each unloaded gun is received and secured by the officers on-site. Free gun locks were also made available for attendees of the gun buyback.
The program is entirely funded through criminal forfeiture funds that were seized from drug and gun traffickers by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force.
The Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force has focused on taking violent gun traffickers off our streets. The office developed Model Gun Show Procedures, a series of safety procedures for gun show operators in New York State, and announced new policies to help social media sites curb illegal sales of firearms on their platforms. In 2016, the Attorney General’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 gun laws.