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LOCKPORT – Gun buybacks will be held simultaneously in Niagara Falls and the City of Lockport on Feb. 23.

On the heels of Niagara Falls, which recently announced plans for a buyback, the City of Lockport Police Department on Thursday announced that it is signing onto a buyback.

Capt. Michael F. Niethe, who is coordinating the Lockport event, said the city’s first-ever gun buyback is a push to get more guns off the street and is also designed to encourage residents to dispose of ammunition.

“Anyone can participate – no questions asked,” Niethe said.

The Lockport gun buyback will be held from noon to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Lockport Municipal Building, Locks Plaza – the same time as the Niagara Falls buyback. The Falls buyback will be held at the fire hall at 11th Street and Ontario Avenue.

Police in both cities will offer $10 for nonworking guns, $50 for shotguns and rifles, $75 for handguns and $100 for assault rifles.

Both cities will be accepting live rounds of ammunition. In Lockport, officials are also encouraging residents to drop off unwanted prescription drugs.

Lockport Police Chief Lawrence M. Eggert said it is important that the city is teaming up with Niagara Falls in the effort.

“They have seen a lot of gun violence in the City of Niagara Falls,” he said. “We’ve had a couple issues and we get a lot of the spillover [crime] from the City of Niagara Falls. We thought at least we can get some of these guns off the street,” Eggert said.

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