NIAGARA FALLS – People were lined up 20 minutes before the start of Saturday’s gun buyback program sponsored by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and the Niagara Falls Police Department.
More than 100 people showed up, and Lt. John Conti said at least 120 guns were bought back.
“I would say it was pretty successful,” Conti said. “By the nature of people getting rid of guns in their house, it eliminates the guns that could potentially get on the streets. A lot of times it happens through a burglary or someone somehow obtaining a weapon they shouldn’t have.”
Residents received prepaid credit cards for their weapons. Those returning non-working/antique guns received $25 per gun; rifles/shotguns, $50; handguns, $75; and assault weapons, $100. Some residents returned several guns.
The program ran from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the old Niagara Falls Fire Department headquarters on Hyde Park Boulevard. A similar program in Niagara falls last year collected more than 100 guns.