PLATTSBURGH — North Country residents will get a chance for some cash for their old firearms July 18.

The City of Plattsburgh Police Department will be holding a community gun buy-back event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day in collaboration with the office of the New York State Attorney General for the second year in a row.

It will be held at the Crete Memorial Civic Center and will be accepting anything from antique firearms to assault weapons.

DON’T WANT THEM

City Police Chief Levi Ritter stressed that the event was in no way trying to take away people’s guns, but is instead creating a safe way to get rid of guns that owners have no use for.

“There are people out there that acquire guns through a death of a family member or other ways, that just don’t want them anymore,” Ritter said.

“It goes along the lines of why we have a drug drop off bin in our lobby. In the wrong hands, unattended guns can be very dangerous.”

Before last year, a buy-back was last held in 1998.

PRE-PAID CARD

Participants will receive payment in the form of a pre-paid debit card, with non-working or antique firearms fetching $25, rifles and shotguns, $50; handguns, $75 and assault weapons, $100.

The payment funds come from the state’s asset forfeiture funds, or money that is seized from criminals, Ritter said, meaning that the event doesn’t cost anything from police budgets.

All guns brought to the event must be unloaded and be in a paper or plastic bag, or a box. Non-functioning firearms are also accepted.

DUMBFOUNDED

The buy-back is an amnesty program, a press release from the Attorney General’s Office said, meaning that no identification is necessary to bring a gun to the event, and no questions will be asked.

Ritter said that more than 150 weapons were brought to last year’s event, a number higher than he expected.

“I was dumbfounded,” Ritter said.

“That’s why you take some chances and revisit old ideas.”

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