Turn in guns for cash in Binghamton

By Anna Norris

Turn in guns for cash in Binghamton

June 25, 2014 Updated Jun 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the Binghamton Police Department will be holding a gun buyback program aimed at keeping firearms out of the wrong hands.

The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 28 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 478, located at 65 Carroll St.

People can turn in working and non-working, unloaded firearms in exchange for prepaid debit cards of the following amounts:

- $25 for antique or non-working firearms
- $50 for rifles and shotguns
- $75 for handguns
- $100 for assault weapons

There is no limit on the number of firearms an individual can return.

“By providing a financial incentive for individuals to turn in unwanted weapons, we are helping to prevent potentially deadly firearms from ending up in the wrong hands,” Schneiderman said.

To bring a gun to the event, it must be unloaded then placed in a plastic or paper bag or box.

Guns may also be transported by car, but must be put in a plastic or paper bag or box and then placed in the trunk.

“This event brings awareness for residents to be more actively involved in community safety and strengthens relationships with the Binghamton Police to reduce crime in our neighborhoods,” said Binghamton Mayor Rich David.

According to the mayor, any member of the public can turn in a gun. Licensed gun dealers and active or retired law enforcement officers are not eligible for this program.