NIAGARA FALLS – The New York State Attorney General’s Office will sponsor a gun buyback on Saturday as part of a statewide program to get guns off the street. Working and non-working, unloaded guns will be accepted in exchange for compensation on site. The event is a collaborative effort between the Attorney General’s Office and the Niagara Falls Police Department.
The gun buyback will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the former Niagara Falls Police Headquarters, 520 Hyde Park Boulevard.
“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,” said Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
Mayor Paul Dyster said after a successful gun buyback last year, authorities were able to get 100 guns off the street.
The money for the gun buyback comes, not from tax dollars, but from funds recovered in forfeitures and other prosecutions. The buyback will provide $25 for non-working firearms, $50 for rifles and shotguns, $75 for handguns, and $100 for assault weapons. Guns must be unloaded and packed in a box or bag.
Gun dealers and law enforcement are not eligible to participate.