January 23, 2013

Gun buyback starts today


---- — AKWESASNE — The first county-wide gun buyback in Franklin County is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in Akwesasne and Constable.

The drop-off sites are the Hogansburg-Akwesasne Fire Station on Route 37 and the Constable Fire Department on Route 122.

District Attorney Derek Champagne initiated the “no-questions-asked” program to help remove unwanted and unneeded weapons and reduce the overall number of firearms that could fall into the wrong hands.

Anyone who turns in a working assault rifle or handgun will be paid $150, any working long gun or rifle will bring $25, and anyone turning in ammunition magazines that hold 10 rounds or more will get $20, he said.

Champagne said anyone who surrenders a weapon will be granted amnesty from any gun-possession charge.

Firearms brought to the sites by car must be in the trunk; all firearms must be in a plastic bag or cardboard box.

Once the gun is checked to make sure it is operational, the money will be paid.

Any number of firearms may be turned in, but the person will be paid for only three weapons, up to a

maximum of $450.

Retired and active law-enforcement officials and licensed gun dealers cannot participate in the buyback program.

More buyback dates for communities in the southern end of the county will be announced.

For more information on the Franklin County gun-buyback program, call