The gun buyback occasion held Saturday in Syracuse collected 342 firearms, the most important within the historical past of this system run by the state lawyer normal’s workplace.
New York AG Letitia James has been holding buyback occasions in bigger cities across the state in current weeks in response to elevated gun violence. Saturday’s occasion, held in partnership with the town of Syracuse, accepted any working and non-working, unloaded firearms with no questions requested. In change, individuals had been paid on-site with the next phrases:
• Rifle or shotgun, $75
• Non-working or vintage gun, $25
Funds got here within the type of pay as you go present playing cards. These handing over assault rifles and handguns additionally acquired an Apple iPad, topic to availability on a primary come, first served foundation.
“Gun violence continues to assert lives and threaten communities all through our state,” James stated in a press launch after Saturday’s occasion. “With the spike in gun violence ravaging neighborhoods in Syracuse, it’s extra essential than ever that we use each device at our disposal to guard our households and kids. Whether or not it’s taking down the violent drug rings fueling this disaster, internet hosting gun buybacks, or supporting neighborhood teams which can be addressing this violence — we’re vigorously combating this disaster from each angle. Each gun that was turned in in the present day represents a possible tragedy averted and a possible life saved, and we’re grateful to our companions for his or her assist.”