Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his office will sponsor a gun buyback in Utica on Saturday, Oct. 19, as part of a statewide gun buyback program in cities across New York.
The attorney general’s office will accept working and non-working, unloaded weapons in exchange for compensation on site.
“My office’s cash-for-guns program is helping to keep deadly firearms out of the wrong hands, ensuring that New York gun owners and non-gun owners alike are safe in their communities,” Schneiderman said in a news release. “Along with vigorously enforcing our state’s gun laws, I’m proud my office has taken this additional step to stop the recent plague of gun violence.”
The gun buyback will take place at the Utica Memorial Auditorium from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The attorney general’s office will offer money in the form of debit cards when a gun is received by law enforcement officers. Debit cards with the appropriate amount will be issued after each unloaded gun is received and screened by the officers on-site.
Guns must be transported to the drop-off site unloaded and placed in a plastic or paper bag or box. 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 the program. The attorney general’s office will provide the following compensation by debit card for firearms returned on site: $25 for antique and non-working firearms, $50 for rifles and shotguns, $75 for handguns and $100 for assault weapons.