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NYS Attorney General announces first ever, statewide “gun-buyback” on April 29

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Up to $500 per gun, no limit on guns per person

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In her ongoing efforts to protect New Yorkers from gun violence and keep communities safe, New York Attorney General Letitia James is hosting the first-ever statewide community gun buyback in New York on Saturday, April 29. This one-day statewide initiative will feature nine simultaneous gun buyback events held across the state, at which the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will accept — with no questions asked — working and non-working, unloaded firearms in exchange for compensation on site. The OAG provides money in the form of prepaid gift cards when a gun is received and secured by law enforcement officers on site.

Working in partnership with local law enforcement agencies and leaders, Attorney General James is hosting the gun buybacks on Saturday, April 29, at the following times and locations:

  • Family Life Academy in the Bronx – 14 West 170th St, Bronx, NY 10452. 10 AM to 1 PM.
  • All Saints Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn – 115 Throop Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206. 10 AM to 1 PM.
  • OAG Suffolk Regional Office in Suffolk County – 300 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11788. 10 AM to 1 PM.
  • Watervliet Dome in Albany County – 1300 2nd Ave, Watervliet, NY 12189. 10 AM to 1 PM.
  • American Legion Post in Ulster County –18 West O’Reilly St, Kingston, NY 12401. 10 AM to 1 PM.
  • St. Lucy’s Food Pantry in Onondaga County – 425 Gifford St, Syracuse, NY 13204. 10 AM to 3 PM.
  • Johnson City Senior Center in Broome County – 30 Brocton St, Johnson City, NY 13790. 10 AM to 1 PM.
  • Clinton County Fairgrounds in Clinton County – 84 Fair Grounds Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. 10 AM to 1 PM.
  • Saint John’s African Methodist Episcopal Church in Niagara County – 917 Garden & Richard Allen Way, Niagara Falls, NY 14302. 10 AM to 1 PM.

The OAG will be providing the following amount for firearms turned in on site at each event:

  • $500 per assault rifle or ghost gun
  • $150 per handgun ($500 will be given for the first handgun turned in per person)
  • $75 per rifle or shotgun
  • $25 per non-working, replica, antique, homemade, or 3D printed gun

The OAG accepts both working and non-working firearms, and there is no limit on the number of firearms an individual can turn in. The guns must be unloaded and placed in a bag or a box. This is an amnesty program, in which no questions will be asked about the person dropping off the gun.

This statewide initiative is part of Attorney General James’ efforts to combat gun violence and protect people from harm. To date, Attorney General James has helped remove more than 4,000 guns from New York communities since 2019.

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