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Post date: October 24 2017

A.G. Schneiderman Announces 128 Guns Received From Rochester Gun Buyback

News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman 

October 24, 2017

Attorney General’s Press Office / 212-416-8060
Twitter: @AGSchneiderman


A.G. Schneiderman's Statewide Gun Buyback Program Has Now Taken Over 1,500 Unwanted Firearms Out Of Homes And Off Streets

ROCHESTER—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that 128 firearms were turned into law enforcement at his office's gun buyback event today in Rochester. The Attorney General’s Office accepts, with no questions asked, working and non-working unloaded weapons in exchange for compensation on site. The event was a collaborative effort between the City of Rochester Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office. Since the Attorney General launched his statewide gun buyback program in 2013, the office has now collected more than 1,500 firearms across New York State. 

With gun buy back events, we have the potential to take unwanted guns out of circulation as we continue our fight to make our communities safer,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “I’m proud of our partnership with the Rochester Police Department as we combat gun violence.”

The Attorney General's office offers money in the form of gift cards when a gun is received by law enforcement officers. Gift cards with the appropriate amount are issued after each unloaded gun is received and secured by the officers on-site. Free gun locks were also made available for attendees of the gun buyback.

Today’s gun buyback resulted in 128 guns being turned in. That number includes 3 Assault Weapons; 60 Handguns; 29 Rifles; 19 Shot guns (including two sawed off shot guns); and 17 non-working guns.

The buyback program is funded entirely through criminal forfeiture funds, which are seized from drug and gun traffickers by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF).

The statewide gun buyback program is part of Attorney General Schneiderman’s broader effort to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence.

The Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force has focused on taking violent gun traffickers off our streets. Attorney General Schneiderman released the “Model Gun Show Procedures,” a series of safety procedures for gun show operators in New York State, and led the successful effort to close the State’s gun show loophole. In 2016, the Attorney General released a first-of-its-kind analysis of tens of thousands of “crime guns” recovered by law enforcement, illustrating gun trafficking trends that undermine New York’s strong laws.

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