Niagara Falls Gives Back Their Guns

Annual buyback program sees most returned in event history

Matt Moran
June 13, 2018 - 3:05 pm

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WBEN) -Niagara Falls held its 4th annual Gun buyback program Wednesday, 155 guns were returned as The New York Sate Attorney General and Niagara Falls police department came together for the event.

Michael Russo is in charge of the attorney generals office in Buffalo. He says getting guns off the streets is important for the community. 

"Every gun that is turned in today is one less gun that can be used in act of violence against our police officers or residents," Russo said.

This was the most guns returned in the event's history in Niagara Falls and the second most in the state since it began in 2013. Luteintent Ronald Cirrito believes in this day and age locals are about making the community more safe. 

"Lot of people are starting to realize if they really don't want the gun around they can get rid of it so that it is in safe hands," Cirrito said.

The Attorney General's Office was providing 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 and $100 for assault weapons.

The guns are then destroyed, or if they have been reported stolen, they are given back to their rightful owner.

"We've had guns that had been stolen 15-20 years ago and the owner finally gets their weapon back."

The New York Attorney General’s Office has sponsored more than a dozen gun buybacks statewide since 2013, which have resulted in nearly 1,700 firearms turned in.

 

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