UTICA, N.Y. -- More than 130 guns were turned in to Utica Police and State Attorney General’s office on Saturday afternoon as part of a community gun buyback program.
Each with each gun that was turned in, a prepaid debit card was given to the owner. The amounts of the cards ranged from $25 for non-working or antique firearms, to $100 for assault weapons.
It was an amnesty program, which means that no questions were asked about the guns and police did not request any form of Identification. Members of the attorney general’s office said that they’ve had positive results from these programs.
"The most important part about these guns buy backs is that it takes the unwanted guns out of circulation so they can’t be used in any future criminal activity. Although it may seem like it has a small effect on a case by case basis. But overtime it takes a lot of guns out of circulation and it makes the community a safer place overtime,” said Patricia Bordonaro with the NYS Attorney General’s office.
Bordonaro said that once the guns are collected, they are destroyed. So far, they have had three buyback programs and have collected hundreds of firearms.