Buying back firearms

By Scott Sasina

June 28, 2014 Updated Jun 28, 2014 at 7:06 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Police Department partnered with the Attorney General's Office for a gun buyback event on Saturday.

The buyback was held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 478.

It's part of a statewide gun buyback program through the Attorney General's Office.

Working and non-working, unloaded firearms were accepted by the office in return for debit cards that will be sent to the gun owners.

Binghamton's Assistant Attorney General Jim Shoemaker says this is a great opportunity for people to dispose of guns that they don't know what to do with.

"Some of the weapons are old, they're non-operable, but they are in somebody's house, they don't want them there, there's not a good way to dispose of them and frankly, people are afraid about how to dispose of a weapon," said Shoemaker.

All of the guns bought by Binghamton Police will be destroyed.