PLATTSBURGH -- Have any unwanted guns?

Bring them to the Clinton County Sheriff's Department.

Officials there will be accepting any unwanted or illegal guns from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday during Hand Gun Amnesty Day.

With no questions asked, other than to record how officials came to possess the weapon, area residents can bring their guns to the Sheriff's Department on McCarthy Drive without facing any legal penalties for having them if they're not properly registered or permitted.

Sheriff David Favro said officials are not looking for investigation tips or to file any criminal charges but rather to provide residents with a safe way to dispose of unwanted weapons.

He said it's about trying to keep Clinton County safer and "take some of the illegal weapons off the street."

Because, he said, "when they fall in the wrong hands, it can cause severe devastation.

"Our goal is to create a safer environment for the community," Favro said during a Wednesday morning news conference.

Anyone who turns in an unwanted gun will receive a $10 gift certificate to Gander Mountain.

Favro said the amnesty opportunity is being offered to help people who have weapons they don't want and don't know what to do with, such as guns inherited from a deceased relative.

District Attorney Andrew Wylie said that normally people could face an array of charges, including felony gun-possession offenses, if they're found in possession of unregistered or improperly permitted guns. But that won't happen Friday.

Favro said all guns received will be destroyed.

Officials ask that people turning in guns follow normal safety precautions, such as making sure the weapon is unloaded. They should leave the guns in their car when they arrive at the Sheriff's Department.

Favro said it would be best to store the guns in a suitcase, leave them secured in the trunk of the car and allow authorities to retrieve them.

For more information, call 565-4300.

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