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Post date: March 19 2014

A.G. Schneiderman Sponsored Gun Buyback In White Plains Is Part Of Statewide Program

A.G.'s Office Will Offer Cash For Working And Non-Working Firearms At City Of White Plains Fire Department Headquarters

WESTCHESTER - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office will sponsor a gun buyback in White Plains on Saturday, March 22, as part of his statewide gun buyback program in cities across New York State. The Attorney General’s Office will be accepting working and non-working, unloaded firearms in exchange for compensation on site.  The event is a collaborative effort between the Attorney General’s Office and the City of White Plains Department of Public Safety.

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

This Saturday’s gun buyback will take place at City of White Plains Fire Department Headquarters, located at 219 Mamaroneck Ave., from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. The Attorney General's office will offer money in the form of debit cards when a firearm is received by law enforcement officers. Debit cards with the appropriate amount will be issued after each unloaded firearm is received and screened by the officers on site.

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach said, “I want to thank Attorney General Schneiderman for sponsoring a gun buyback in White Plains. Gun buyback programs have been shown to be effective in reducing the number of firearms owned by civilians. Initiatives such as this are necessary to get guns off our streets, and I commend the Attorney General for his proactive approach.”

White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong said, “I thank the attorney general and the mayor for bringing this program to White Plains. For public safety, any unwanted gun off the streets makes it safer for our residents and our law enforcement officers."

Guns must be transported to the drop-off site, unloaded and 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. Money for the program comes not from tax dollars, but from funds recovered through forfeitures and other prosecutions.

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

On Saturday, March 29th, a gun buyback will take place in Poughkeepsie.

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.

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