A.G. Schneiderman Sponsors Gun Buyback In Binghamton As Part Of Statewide Program

A.G.'s Office Will Offer Cash For Working And Non-Working Firearms At Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 478

Schneiderman: Gun Buybacks Help Keep Unwanted Firearms Out Of The Wrong Hands

BINGHAMTON - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office will sponsor a gun buyback in Binghamton on Saturday, June 28 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, as part of his statewide gun buyback program. The Attorney General’s Office will be accepting working and non-working, unloaded firearms in exchange for compensation on site. The event is a collaborative effort between the Attorney General’s Office and the Binghamton Police Department.

“By providing a financial incentive for individuals to turn in unwanted weapons, we are helping to prevent potentially deadly firearms from ending up in the wrong hands,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “My office’s gun buyback program is a critical component of our ongoing efforts to eradicate the devastating gun violence that has plagued our neighborhoods for far too long, and give New Yorkers across the state the peace of mind they deserve.” 

This Saturday’s gun buyback will take place at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 478, located at 65 Carroll Street in Binghamton, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The Attorney General's office will offer money in the form of debit cards when a firearm is received by law enforcement officers. Debit cards with the appropriate amount will be issued after each unloaded firearm is received and secured by the officers on site. 

Guns must be transported to the drop-off site in the trunk of a car, unloaded and 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 return. Licensed gun dealers and active or retired law enforcement officers are not eligible for this program. Money for the program comes not from tax dollars, but from funds recovered through forfeitures and other prosecutions.

The Attorney General's Office will be providing the following compensation by debit card for firearms returned on site:

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

A gun buyback in Niagara Falls earlier this month resulted in the surrender of 128 firearms. Of those weapons, 67 were long guns, 49 were handguns, 11 were antique or nonworking guns, and one was an assault weapon. A similar gun buyback in Utica last October resulted in the surrender of 201 firearms. 

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