The gun buyback event held in Syracuse on Saturday collected 342 firearms, the largest in the history of the program run by the state attorney general’s office.
New York AG Letitia James has held buyout events in major cities across the state in recent weeks in response to increasing gun violence. Saturday’s event, held in partnership with the city of Syracuse, accepted all working and non-working and unloaded firearms with no questions asked. In exchange, participants were paid on site as follows:
• Rifle or shotgun, $ 75
• Non-functional or old weapon, $ 25
Payments were made in the form of prepaid gift cards. Those who hand in assault rifles and handguns also received an iPad from Apple, subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Gun violence continues to claim lives and threaten communities across our state,” James said in a press release after Saturday’s event. “With the increase in gun violence ravaging neighborhoods in Syracuse, it is more important than ever that we use all the tools at our disposal to protect our families and children. Whether it’s removing the violent drug networks that fuel this crisis, organizing gun buybacks, or supporting community groups that fight this violence, we are fighting this crisis vigorously from all angles. Every weapon that has been surrendered today represents a potential tragedy averted and a potential life saved, and we are grateful to our partners for their support. “