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Post date: March 26 2014

A.G. Schneiderman-Sponsored Gun Buyback In Poughkeepsie Is Part Of Statewide Program To Get Unwanted Guns Out Of Our Homes

A.G.'s Office Will Offer Cash For Working And Non-Working Firearms At The Public Safety Center

POUGHKEEPSIE – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office will sponsor a gun buyback in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, March 29, 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. The event is a collaborative effort between the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office. 

“By encouraging people to voluntarily turn in their guns, we are removing dangerous and unwanted firearms from places where they can be stolen or otherwise misused. This program is a critical part of my office’s efforts to ensure that all New Yorkers are secure in their communities,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Along with vigorously enforcing our state’s gun laws, this buyback program is a critical additional step we are taking to stop the gun violence that has plagued our neighborhoods.”  

Poughkeepsie Police Chief Ronald J. Knapp said, “I thank the Attorney General for bringing this program to Poughkeepsie. Getting unwanted firearms out of our homes and off our streets makes our city safer for residents and law enforcement officers.” 

This Saturday’s gun buyback will take place at the Public Safety Center, located at 505 Main Street, from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.  

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, 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 for antique and non-working firearms
  • $50 for rifles and shotguns
  • $75 for handguns
  • $100 for assault weapons 

A gun buyback in Utica last October resulted in 201 firearms being turned in. Of those weapons, more than half were pistols and three were assault weapons. A September gun buyback in Rochester resulted in 243 guns turned in. They included 3 non-working guns; 89 rifles and shotguns; 150 handguns, and 1 assault weapon. The vast majority of the guns that were turned in were not properly permitted.  A third gun buyback event, held last Saturday in White Plains, resulted in 94 firearms -- 54 handguns and 40 rifles and shotguns -- being turned in.