Statewide Gun Buyback Program Begins

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(WXXI News & AP) — The New York attorney general's office is sponsoring a statewide gun buyback program where people can turn in weapons for debit cards.

While in Rochester on Saturday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the program aims to remove deadly firearms from places where the guns can be stolen or misused.

The kickoff buyback event held in Rochester on Saturday, is a collaborative effort between the Southwest Gun Buyback Committee and the New York Attorney General's office, in cooperation with the Rochester Police Department.

Officials will begin accepting unloaded working and broken guns in Binghamton, Poughkeepsie, Utica, Yonkers, and the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga  in the coming weeks.

The attorney general's office said the weapons must be placed in a plastic or paper bag or box. There is no limit on the number of firearms an individual can return.

Those who turn in guns will receive a debit card no questions asked; $25 or $50 for rifles and shotguns, $75 for handguns and $100 for assault weapons.