A.G. Schneiderman Sponsors Gun Buyback Program On Long Island As Part Of Ongoing Statewide Program For Safe Streets And Safe Homes

Saturday’s Suffolk County Gun Buyback Offers Cash For Working And Non-Working Firearms At Hauppauge Drop Site

HAUPPAUGE - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office will sponsor a gun buyback program in Hauppauge on Saturday, October 18, as part of his statewide gun buyback program across New York State. The Attorney General’s Office will be accepting working and non-working, unloaded weapons in exchange for compensation at the buyback site. The event is a collaborative effort between the Attorney General’s office, the Office of Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone and the Suffolk County Police Department.
“By encouraging people to voluntarily turn in their guns, we are removing dangerous and unwanted firearms from places where they can be stolen or 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 step we are taking to stop the gun violence that has plagued our neighborhoods.”

County Executive Steve Bellone said, “I thank Attorney General Schneiderman for bringing this gun buyback program to Suffolk County. Providing the buyback opportunity for Suffolk residents to turn in unwanted firearms helps to make our communities safer.”

Saturday’s event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., is located at the H. Lee Dennison Building, at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway. Attorney General Schneiderman launched his office’s guy buyback program in Rochester in September 2013.  Saturday’s event in Hauppauge will be the seventh his office has sponsored. So far, the events have resulted in the surrender of nearly 750 firearms in six cities.

In 2011, close to 33,000 Americans were victims of gun-related deaths. Further, The Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence reports that an average of 268 people are shot every day in America. That's 97,820 people per year.

The Attorney General's office will offer money in the form of debit cards when a gun is turned in. Debit cards with the appropriate amount will be issued after each unloaded gun is received and screened by the officers on-site.

In March, the Attorney General toured the Hauppauge Gun Show to highlight the success of his office’s Model Gun Show Procedures and cooperation with virtually all gun show operators around the state who are using the procedures to ensure that firearms stay out of the wrong hands. More information on the event is available here.

Guns must be transported to the drop-off site unloaded and placed in a plastic or paper bag or box. Both working and non-working firearms will be accepted. 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

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