Community gun buyback scheduled in Syracuse at end of July

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — In an effort to get guns off the streets, the city of Syracuse and the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James are hosting a community gun buyback on Saturday, July 24.

Mayor Ben Walsh said the last community gun buyback program in Syracuse was held in 2009.

Attorney General Letitia James said more than 1,079 guns have been surrendered in buyback programs across the state.

The Attorney General said in the future she would like to offer more to people turning guns in.

“We’ve got to take a gun out of a hand of an individual and you have to again provide it with something in return, something that addresses their felt needs. If their felt needs are housing, et cetera or employment we should be able to do that.”

Attorney General Letitia James

The event will be located at the St. Lucy’s Food Pantry at 425 Gifford Street in Syracuse. Members of the community can drop off firearms any time from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Payments are the following…

  • Assault rifle: $250.00
  • Handgun: $150.00
  • Rifle or shotgun; $75.00
  • Non-working or antique gun: $25.00

Payments will be made by a pre-paid gift card. Those who bring working handguns or assault rifles can receive an iPad. It is one iPad per person on a first come first serve basis.

Important tips…

  • Guns must be unloaded, placed in a plastic bag, paper bag or box
  • You can surrender as many firearms as you’d like
  • Licensed gun dealers and active/retired law enforcement officers are not eligible for the program

Because this is an Amnesty program, no questions will be asked of the person dropping off the firearm.

You are asked to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

If you’d like more information, you can call (315) 864-2000 or email intergovernmental.affairs.@ag.ny.gov.

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