A.G. Schneiderman To Sponsor Gun Buyback In Utica As Part Of Statewide Program

A.G.'s Office Will Offer Cash For Working And Non-Working Guns At The Utica Memorial Auditorium

UTICA - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office will sponsor a gun buyback in Utica on Saturday, October 19 as part of a statewide gun buyback program in cities across New York State. The Attorney General’s Office will be accepting working and non-working, unloaded weapons in exchange for compensation on site.

"My office’s cash-for-guns program is helping to keep deadly firearms out of the wrong hands, ensuring that New York gun owners and non-gun owners alike are safe in their communities,” Attorney General Schneidermansaid. "Along with vigorously enforcing our state’s gun laws, I'm proud my office has taken this additional step to stop the recent plague of gun violence."

This Saturday’s gun buyback will take place at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, located at 400 Oriskany Street West, from 9:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. The event is a collaborative effort between the Utica Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office.

The Attorney General's office will offer money in the form of debit cards when a gun is received by law enforcement officers. Debit cards with the appropriate amount will be issued after each unloaded gun is received and screened by the officers on-site. 

Guns must be transported to the drop-off site unloaded and placed in a plastic or paper bag or box. Both working and non-working firearms will be accepted, and there is no limit on the number of firearms an individual can return. Licensed gun dealers, and active or retired law enforcement officers, are not eligible for this program.

The Attorney General's Office will be providing the following compensation by debit card for firearms returned on site:

  • $25.00 for antique and non-working firearms
  • $50.00 for rifles and shotguns
  • $75.00 for handguns
  • $100.00 for assault weapons

Additional gun buybacks will take place in Binghamton, Poughkeepsie, Yonkers, and the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions regarding this Saturday’s event, please contact the Utica Regional Office of the Attorney General at 315-793-2225.

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