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City's Gun Buyback Back For Another Round

10:25 AM, May 5, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - The sixth city-wide gun buyback program, posted the second highest count since it first began. 

Since 2006 more than 11,000 guns have been taken off of city streets and about a third of those were collected at buyback programs, according to the Buffalo Police Department.

On Saturday, citizens handed over 760 guns to several locations across the city. The number fell short of the record-number of guns that were given in 2007, which was 878. 

The weapons being turned in range from pistols to shotguns and high-powered rifles. Those who turn in a weapon get a pre-paid bank card worth between $10 and $100, no questions asked.

Since the program started more than $100,000 in incentives have been handed out.

Community leaders say it's a small price to pay to try and stop the growing problem of violence in the Queen City.

Participants can get up to $100 for assault weapons. Antique guns or those that don't work are worth $10.

 

City police believe that some of the guns turned in could've been used in a crime. And according to Mayor Brown, some probably were used in a crime. Police have found that some of the guns given have been altered to shoot more bullets.

However, of all the guns that are given, none of them are investigated.

"There is no tracing of the weapons at all, there are no questions asked, so all of the weapons that have been turned in today will not go through any tracing whatsoever," said Brown. 

This all means that many of the weapons could've been used in violent crimes like robberies or homicides and no one would ever know, because all these weapons will be destroyed.  

"We do make our cases, without weapons, we have homicides, shootings, the cases are still made in court and much of time we don't recover the murder weapons," said Daniel Derenda, police commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department. 

City council member David Rivera tells 2 On Your Side's Jeff Preval by phone that he thinks the city may want to investigate illegal guns in the program so there are no loopholes.

City officials say they don't think the SAFE Act had any major impact on how many guns were brought in. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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