Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Alert

Follow us:
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to this news feed 

News

Elmira/Corning

Gun buyback brings in wide range of firearms

  • Text size: + -
CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Gun buyback program successful in Tompkins County
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

out of 10

Free Video Views Remaining

To get you to the stories you care about, we are offering everyone 10 video views per month.

Access to our video is always free for Time Warner Cable video customers who login with their TWC ID.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.


TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's a haul of weapons much larger than expected. A day-long gun buyback program in Tompkins County yielded 147 guns, more than three times the number organizers had hoped for.

The program run by the Ithaca Police Department, Tompkins County Sheriff and District Attorney's office aimed to get unwanted guns off the street. People were offered cash and amnesty for turning in their firearms.

75 handguns and 72 long guns were brought in on Saturday. That includes two assault rifles, and even a World War II Colt .45 valued at about $2,000. But, they're all headed to the melting pot.

"As beautiful as some guns may be, as old and rusty as they may be, we don't discriminate when it comes to getting these guns permanently off the streets. It's a shame to cut such a beautiful gun in half and melt it down, but that's part of the program," said Officer Jamie Williamson, Ithaca Police Public Information Officer.

Ithaca Police are now offering free gun locks to help keep the community safe. Anyone interested can pick one up at the department, no questions asked.

10.11.12.245 ClientIP: 54.167.174.90, 23.15.9.70 UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/) Profile: TWCSAMLSP