UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The State Attorney General's Office on Saturday is holding its first gun amnesty program in Utica in more than 15 years.
"Attorney General Schneiderman just wants to get guns off the street and out of people's homes that they don't want and or are illegal," says Assistant Attorney General James Williams.
The amnesty program offers individuals who illegally possess a firearm the opportunity to turn in their gun for cash. $25 for non-working or antique guns; $50 for rifles and shotguns; $75 for handguns and $100 for assault rifles.
The money is placed on a debit card.
"We're not going to prosecute him for the possession," says Williams.
The program doesn't only target people who are aware that they illegally own a firearm, but those who innocently and unintentionally become illegal owners.
"Perfect example is say a widow. Husband dies, he had a firearm, he had a pistol, he had a license for that in NY State. He dies, the widow doesn't take care of it, might not know about it, all of a sudden, she finds it, technically she's illegally having a firearm," says Williams.
The amnesty buy-back program happens Saturday, October 19, 9:30-1:00 in the west lobby of the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Officials with the attorney general's office ask that all firearms be unloaded and placed in a paper or plastic bag or box.
The cash for the program comes from criminal prosecutions and forfeitures; not taxpayers.