A.G. Schneiderman Announces 120 Guns Turned In At White Plains Gun Buyback

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April 13, 2018

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES 120 GUNS TURNED IN AT WHITE PLAINS GUN BUYBACK

A.G. Schneiderman's Statewide Gun Buyback Program Has Now Taken Nearly 1,700 Unwanted Firearms Out Of Homes and Off Streets – Part of AG’s Broader Efforts to Keep New Yorkers Safe from Gun Violence

WHITE PLAINS—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that 120 firearms were turned into law enforcement at his office's gun buyback event today in White Plains. The Attorney General’s Office accepts, with no questions asked, working and non-working unloaded weapons in exchange for compensation on site. Since the Attorney General launched his statewide gun buyback program in 2013, the office has now collected nearly 1,700 firearms across New York State. The buyback was co-sponsored by the Westchester County Executive’s Office, the Westchester District Attorney’s Office, and the City of White Plains Department of Public Safety.

“Gun violence is one of the biggest public health crises we face. Unwanted, forgotten, and neglected guns can quickly become dangerous, endangering our children, our families, and our law enforcement officers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “These buybacks mean less guns in our homes and on our streets – part of our broader efforts to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence. Government has a fundamental responsibility to do everything in our power to protect our children and our communities from these entirely predictable and preventable tragedies. We’ll continue to do everything we can here in New York while fighting for the federal action we need to keep our communities safe.”

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.

The program is entirely funded through criminal forfeiture funds that were seized from drug and gun traffickers by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force.

Today’s gun buyback resulted in 120 guns being turned in. That number includes 3 assault weapons; 44 handguns; 40 rifles; and 33 non-working or antique guns.

The statewide gun buyback program is part of Attorney General Schneiderman’s broader efforts 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 developed Model Gun Show Procedures, a series of safety procedures for gun show operators in New York State, and announced new policies to help social media sites curb illegal sales of firearms on their platforms. 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 sensible laws. Attorney General Schneiderman has also been fighting for common sense gun laws in New York and on the federal level.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. said, “We commend the Attorney General for taking the lead on helping get guns out of our communities. We are happy to collaborate with our law enforcement and community partners to reduce the number of guns which may pose a danger to all of us. Any and all methods of preventing the potential misuse of weapons is welcome.”

“Gun violence is an epidemic and a public health crisis,” said State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “Programs like the Attorney General’s gun buyback initiative are essential to efforts to implement common-sense solutions to reduce gun violence and save lives. Studies have proven that states with stronger firearm safety laws and programs have fewer gun-related deaths than states that lack these basic regulations. I envision a world in which are all safe from gun violence, and I will continue to work alongside my partners in government to realize this vision.”

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “Because of the work done here today, Westchester will be a safer place. Thank you to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, Reverend Doctor Gregory Robeson Smith, and the White Plains Department of Public Safety for coordinating this program and bringing it to White Plains. Less guns on the streets means less lives lost.”

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach said, “Thank you to AG Schneiderman for working with us to bring this Gun Buy-Back event to White Plains and to Rev. Gregory Smith of Mt. Hope AME Zion Church for hosting it. AG Schneiderman and Rev. Smith understand the importance getting guns off the street, reducing accessibility to guns, and decreasing gun violence. This program represents just one avenue that we are using to pursue these goals.”

“I appreciate the hard work of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the White Plains Department of Public Safety, our Westchester County District Attorney’s office and Mount Zion AME Zion Church for sponsoring this important event,” said Assemblyman David Buchwald. “These programs combined with common sense gun safety measures in New York State help make our communities safer.”  

Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer said, “I thank Attorney General Schneiderman for hosting this event and supporting initiatives to lessen the number of dangerous weapons in New York. Gun violence is all too common across our country, and it is critical that state leaders take steps to keep our communities safe. I am proud to sponsor bills to promote gun safety, including a bill to bring a gun tip hotline statewide. We need resources and initiatives like these to keep New Yorkers safe, and I will continue to fight for them in Albany.” 

“In the wrong hands guns can be weapons of mass destruction. The fewer guns we have on the street the more lives we save. Attorney General Schneiderman deserves credit for his efforts to collect guns that could easily end up in the wrong hands,” said Assemblyman Tom Abinanti.

Reverend Gregory Robeson Smith said, “This is an important moment in our communities. Gun violence is out of control. We are a nation at domestic war killing each other destroying families and communities. This effort is but one small step. But it’s better to light one candle than curse darkness. We must press on and on and on.”

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