AG James took over 2,200
Firearms outside communities since 2019
NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced that 125 guns have been turned over to law enforcement at a community gun buyback event in Plattsburgh hosted by his office and the Plattsburgh Police Department. In an ongoing effort to protect New York’s communities, the Attorney General’s Office (OAG) is accepting – no questions asked – unloaded and non-functioning firearms in exchange for on-site compensation. To date, Attorney General James has removed more than 2,200 firearms from communities through gun buyback events and other efforts since taking office in 2019.
“Our neighborhoods are safer when we remove dangerous weapons from our communities and ensure that they can never harm anyone,” said Attorney General James. âIn light of the increase in violent gun crime in Clinton County, it is essential that we do all we can to end gun violence and protect our families and children. My office will continue to take all possible measures to protect communities in Plattsburgh and throughout New York State, and we thank our law enforcement partners for their vital support and collaboration in this effort.
âThe gun buyback event is a safe and efficient way to remove unwanted guns that people may have around their homes,â said Plattsburgh Police Lieutenant Darin Perrotte. âMany residents of North Country own firearms that they have personally purchased or acquired as they have been passed down from generation to generation. These could be shotguns, pistols, or other antique firearms. The gun buyback gives people a safe way to get rid of these guns and prevent them from ending up in the wrong hands. We thank the New York Attorney General’s Office for working with the Plattsburgh Police Department to safely remove these weapons from our streets. “
Today’s community arms buyback resulted in the collection of 125 firearms, including 63 handguns, 57 shotguns and rifles, and 5 non-functional firearms. Since 2013, OAG has hosted gun buy-back events throughout New York State and has successfully collected over 4,200 guns.
In exchange for the firearms, OAG offered monetary compensation, in the form of prepaid gift cards, when an unloaded firearm was received and secured by an agent on site.
âThe partnership with the Attorney General’s office has been instrumental in developing this opportunity for our community,â said The Mayor of Plattsburgh, Christopher Rosenquest. âThis partnership is greatly appreciated and respected. Not only does this program help remove unused or unnecessary guns from the streets of our community, but also shows our community members, business leaders, and other city leaders that we are actively working to make our streets safer to drive. responsible manner. It is important for the community to understand that a large portion of the guns donated come from owners who are no longer interested in owning the gun. Handing over these items reduces the risk of them being stolen or lost over the years. “
Gun violence is a public health crisis plaguing communities across New York City, and today’s event is the latest action Attorney General James has taken to address this crisis and protect New Yorkers from damage. This year alone, Attorney General James organized 13 statewide gun buybacks and also obtained dozens of dangerous guns through the withdrawal of violent groups terrorizing New York City. To date, Attorney General James has removed a total of more than 2,200 firearms from communities since 2019.