PLATTSBURGH City Police collected 151 firearms in a three-hour period during pun buyback

KAYLA BREEN/STAFF PHOTOAn assortment of more than 150 rifles, shotguns, handguns and antique firearms lie tagged on a table after a gun buyback at the Crete Memorial Civic Center in Plattsburgh earlier this week. The event was sponsored by the New York Attorney General’s Office and Plattsburgh City Police. Officials accepted, with no questions asked, working and nonworking unloaded weapons in exchange for prepaid debit cards, issued upon receipt of the firearms. The event is part of of the AG’s program in cities across the state in an effort to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence.

Plattsburgh ranked third in the state for the total number of firearms received in the program put on by New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office.

“The turnout far exceeded expectations,” City Police Chief Levi Ritter said in a news release.

City Police co-sponsored the event, which yielded four assault weapons, 64 handguns, 65 rifles, four shotguns and 14 nonworking or antique guns.

Officers accepted all the firearms — which were required to be unloaded — without question and handed out free gun locks to attendees.

“With the Attorney General’s Office and the cooperation of the public, we are increasing public safety by removing unwanted, forgotten and neglected firearms,” Ritter said.

Participants received money for the weapons in the form of gift cards.



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