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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2012 Archives > August 2012 > Mayor Brown Announced Results of 5th Citywide Gun BuyBack Program

Mayor Brown Announced Results of 5th Citywide Gun BuyBack Program

Lorey Schultz

No Questions Asked, Pre-Paid Cash Cards for Guns

BUFFALO—Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that 746 firearms were handed in during his 5th Buffalo Gun Buyback Program, the second highest total of the gun buybacks conducted since 2006.  The program was designed to get illegal weapons off the street, and is a piece of Buffalo’s overall strategy to reduce crime. 

The past four gun buyback efforts have yielded a total of 2,951 guns turned in by city residents. Participants received over $100,000 through pre-paid credit card incentives, distributed at each drop-off location.

This initiative is one of several anti-crime measures being implemented throughout the city, including the newly created Operation Strike Force, which in its first fifty days removed 14 illegal guns and made 957 arrests. The city’s highly successful surveillance camera system will also be expanded by 40 in 2012, bringing the number of cameras to 165 cameras citywide.

“I want to thank Buffalo residents for their continued participation in our Gun BuyBack program, and encourage them to continue their involvement in ridding our streets of illegal weapons,” said Mayor Brown.
“This year’s Gun BuyBack will continue to assist in our efforts to reduce the overall crime rate in the City of Buffalo.”

The overall Gun BuyBack effort is financed by asset forfeiture funds that have been acquired by the city through the seizure of monies from illegal drug and other criminal activities in Buffalo.

“I also want to thank the faith-based organizations and their respective pastors for participating in this year’s Gun BuyBack program,” said Mayor Brown. “I commend their commitment to the safety of our city. My Administration has been committed to improving safety and quality of life, and I will continue to support law enforcement initiatives that will make Buffalo an excellent place to live, work and raise a family.”