If you have a gun that you want to get rid of, the New York State Attorney General’s Office will take it off your hands, no questions asked.
A total of 169 firearms were collected Tuesday at the gun buy-back event hosted by the AG’s Office and the Utica Police Department outside the Utica Recreation Center. Those firearms included: 5 assault weapons, 81 handguns, 60 rifles, 12 shotguns, and 11 non-working or antique guns.
Photo provided by the New York State Office of the Attorney General
Both working and non-working, unloaded guns were collected, and owners were given prepaid gift debit cards ranging from $25 to $100 for each firearm, depending on what kind of firearm it was. The program, which launched in 2013, is funded by criminal forfeiture funds that were seized from drug and gun traffickers.
Representatives with the state Attorney General’s Office say this event will help to make the community safer.
“It gets these guns out of commission and off the street and out of the hands of anyone who could potentially either accidentally intentionally use them for criminal activity or to harm someone,” said Patricia Bordonaro, Assistant Attorney General of the Utica Regional Office. “It's just a public service that we offer to make that available to people who might not have any other way to get rid of the gun.”
All of the firearms are destroyed after they’re taken.
Tuesday’s event was one of more than a dozen gun buy-back events being held throughout the state.