PLATTSBURGH, NY – Law enforcement collected 116 firearms in a gun buyback event in Plattsburgh on Thursday, and paid out almost $7,000 for the weapons.
The buyback was conducted by the Plattsburgh City Police and the New York Office of the Attorney General.
Glen Micheals, assistant attorney general in the Plattsburgh regional office, says the event is about keeping the community safe, not politics.
“An unwanted gun is a dangerous gun,” said Micheals. “And providing a way for people to get rid of guns they don’t want is a service to the entire community.”
The number of unwanted — and unloaded — firearms turned in year this included shotguns, pistols, rifles and six assault-style weapons. Overall, the number of guns collected was down from the 151 turned in last year.
Depending on the gun, the owner received a prepaid debit card ranging from $25 to $100, no questions asked. The program is paid for with funds seized from drug and gun traffickers by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force.
Buyback events have been held across New York, including Utica, Rochester, Niagara Falls, and Binghamton.