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Post date: September 21 2017

A.G. Schneiderman Announces 136 Guns Received From Niagara Falls Gun Buyback

News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman


September 21, 2017

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


A.G. Schneiderman's Statewide Gun Buyback Program Has Now Taken Over 1,400 Unwanted Firearms Out Of Homes And Off Streets

BUFFALO—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that 136 firearms were turned into law enforcement at his office's gun buyback event today in Niagara Falls. 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 Niagara 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 1,400 firearms across New York State. 

Our neighborhoods are safer when unwanted firearms are removed from homes or taken off the street,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “This program provides New Yorkers with a safe and easy way to get rid of unwanted guns – part of our comprehensive approach to addressing the issue of 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 will be issued after each unloaded gun is received and secured by the officers on-site. Free gun locks will also be available for attendees of the gun buyback.

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 turn in. Licensed gun dealers and active or retired law enforcement officers are not eligible for this program.

The Attorney General's Office provides the following compensation by gift card for firearms turned in on site:

$25 for antique and non-working firearms
$50 for rifles and shotguns
$75 for handguns
$100 for assault weapons 

The buyback program, including the debit cards provided to New Yorkers who turn in firearms, is funded entirely through criminal forfeiture funds, which are seized from drug and gun traffickers by the OAG 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. In 2014 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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