Buffalo will hold gun buyback in May

Apr 9, 2013

The city of Buffalo will be holding another gun buy back program in May.  The  city will be paying people for every gun they turn in.

Legal or illegal - working or not - depending on the style - the city will be paying between $10.00  and $100 for every gun turned in - including bb guns and pellet guns.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said it's all being paid for by money seized from drug dealers - no questions asked.

"We don't check. We don't do runs on the serial numbers. They're all destroyed several months later," said Derenda.

During the previous five gun buy backs - the city collected nearly 37-hundred fire arms.  

"I don't think they're all permit holders turning in their legal guns. I believe many of the guns are illegal. And I believe we've saved a life or two or maybe more," said Derenda.

Mayor Byron Brown points out New York state now has the toughest gun laws in the nation.

"So if someone is in possession of an illegal weapon, now is the time to get rid of that gun," said Mayor Brown.

Last year there were 42-fatal shootings in Buffalo.

Director of Pastoral Care at the Erie County Medical Center - the Rev. James Lewis -- said he hopes many guns are turned in - so fewer people end up in the emergency room.

Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen BuckleyRev. James Lewis, director of Pastoral Care at the Erie County Medical Center - says he hopes many guns are turned in so fewer people end up in the emergency room.Edit | Remove

"We as chaplains are heart-sickened that we have to attend so many funerals in the community. It seems like almost every week we're preparing for another home going celebration or funeral for somebody that died through some senseless act," said Rev. Lewis.

Residents and non-residents can drop off unwanted guns at seven locations throughout the City of Buffalo May 4th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  For more information on the gun buyback you can phone 3-1-1.