Gun Buyback Program Collects Nearly 150 Guns

By Haley Burton

Gun Buyback Program Collects Nearly 150 Guns

January 7, 2013 Updated Jan 7, 2013 at 12:44 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) In an effort to keep guns off the street and out of the wrong hands, the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department and Ithaca Police call its Gun Buyback program a success.

Ithaca Police and the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department collected 147 guns over the weekend. Both set up two different locations Saturday for drop off for the Gun Buy Back Program.

Anyone could voluntarily surrender illegally owned or unsecured guns. There were no no questions asked. Gwen Wilkinson, Tompkins County District Attorney, assured amnesty and immunity for those participating.

A total of 87 guns were turned over to the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department at the Airport Fire/Rescue Building in Lansing. 42 of the guns were handguns and 45 long guns.

Ithaca Police collected 60 guns total at the Central Fire Station. Of those, 33 were handguns and 27 shotgun/rifles. Police say people from as far away as Canandaigua and Greene voluntarily surrendered their guns.

"This program was designed to help get guns off the streetm and this program did just that, " said Chief John Barber, Ithaca Police Department.