Sheriff Dominic Dagostino said the county’s eighth gun buy back event was a success, netting 20 guns of various types Saturday.
“We are very pleased with the success of our eighth Gun Buy Back initiative,” he said in a statement. “We are hoping we can build upon this success to ultimately realize our goal of reducing gun violence in our community.”
Buy-backs are held on a monthly basis at various locations in Schenectady County. Gift cards are offered in trade for unwanted or illegal weapons -- $200 for handguns and $250 for assault weapons.
Saturday’s event was held at Faith Deliverance Tabernacle in the city and brought in 16 hand guns, one shotgun and three BB guns.
The program is supported by the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department and sponsored by the county District Attorney’s Office, Schenectady Police Department, Price Chopper, Stewart’s Shops and various organizations throughout the county including several faith based organizations.
Future locations of the events will announced soon.