FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2023
NY Attorney General’s Office to Host Kingston Gun Buyback Event
Firearms to be Exchanged for Pre-paid Gift Cards
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that New York Attorney General Letitia James’ Office, in collaboration with the Kingston Police Department and the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, will host a gun buyback event on Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the American Legion Post in Kingston.
At the Gun Buyback event on April 29, gift cards will be provided in the amounts of:
Assault rifle or ghost gun $500
Handgun $500 for first, then $150 each
Rifle or shotgun $75
Non-working, replica, antique,
homemade or 3D printed gun $25
Guns must be unloaded and placed in a plastic bag, paper bag, or box. Firearms can be transported in a car, if unloaded and placed in the trunk and properly contained in a bag or a box. Licensed gun dealers, and active or retired law enforcement officers are not eligible for this program. No ID will be required. The Gun Buyback is an Amnesty program, and no questions are asked of the person dropping off the firearm.
“These initiatives are known to remove guns from the community and potentially save lives,” said Mayor Noble. “I want to thank the Attorney General’s Office for their investment in the safety of our community, and the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and the Kingston Police Department for their ongoing efforts to stop gun violence in our community. I look forward to getting more firearms off the streets with this year’s event.”
“As police officers, we see firsthand the impact that programs like the Gun Buyback can have locally in crime reduction. We appreciate the support of New York State’s highest law enforcement agency and look forward to collaborating with the AG’s Office in this crime reduction effort,” said Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti.
Gun Buyback Event
Saturday, April 29, 2023
10:00am – 1:00pm
American Legion Post
18 O’Reilly St., Kingston NY 12401
Previously held events like the Kingston Police Department’s Groceries for Guns program in 2021 have been hugely successful. KPD collected 20 pellet guns, 26 handguns, 22 rifles, 11 shotguns, and one musket in exchange for Hannaford gift cards. At a previous Attorney General sponsored Gun Buyback event in 2022, 60 firearms were turned in to law enforcement.
For more information, please contact the Attorney General’s Office at 845-485-3900 or [email protected].