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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2013 Archives > April 2013 > Mayor Brown Announces 6th Citywide Gun Buyback Program

Mayor Brown Announces 6th Citywide Gun Buyback Program


Contact: Lorey Schultz
               (716) 851-5545

No Questions Asked, Pre-Paid Cash Cards for Guns

April 9, 2013—Mayor Byron Brown today announced that his Administration’s sixth “No Questions Asked” Gun BuyBack Program will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at seven drop-off sites across Buffalo.

“The penalty of owning an illegal gun in New York is now tougher than ever,” said Mayor Brown, noting that since 2006, the City of Buffalo has removed more than 10,000 guns from city streets, nearly 3,700 of those weapons seized through the Gun BuyBack program. “Instead of having guns laying around the house where anyone can get to them, we expect people who have illegal guns or unwanted guns to use this Gun BuyBack event as an opportunity to get those weapons out of their possession.”

The past five gun buyback efforts have yielded a total of 3,697 guns turned in by city residents. Participants received over $100,000 through pre-paid credit card incentives, distributed at each drop-off location.

“I recognize that this single Gun BuyBack effort will not eliminate the illegal weapons on our city streets,” said Mayor Brown.  “We may never know how many crimes we’ve prevented as a result of past Gun BuyBack events, but we do know there won’t be a tragic shooting in Buffalo tied to the guns we collected.”

Buffalo Police Commissioner Dan Derenda said, “We have reduced overall crime by nearly 20% since 2005 and made getting dangerous weapons off the streets a top priority.”

This initiative is part of Mayor Brown’s Zero Tolerance Anti-Crime Policy which also includes the Buffalo Police Department’s Operation Strike Force, designed to target high crime areas or hot spots year round.  Last year, Strike Force accounted for 3,251 arrests, 44 guns seized, 1,850 vehicles impounded and 12,235 summonses issued.  In addition, the city’s highly successful surveillance camera system continues to expand and now includes 194 cameras.

As in past years, the goals for the Gun BuyBack program are:

  • To provide safer neighborhoods throughout the City of Buffalo
  • To support Mayor Brown’s Zero Tolerance Law Enforcement Agenda
  • To instill a sense of confidence and safety among the city’s law abiding residents

To help promote the May 4th Gun BuyBack effort, Lamar Outdoor Advertising has once again provided creative design support along with outdoor advertising locations throughout the city to post billboards that raise awareness about the program. The NFTA will also post Gun BuyBack signs in bus shelters throughout the city.

On Saturday, May 4, 2013, the City of Buffalo’s Gun BuyBack will take place at the following locations:

  • East Side Location
    True Bethel Baptist Church    
    907 East Ferry Street  
  • South Buffalo Location
    St. Thomas Aquinas Church
    450 Abbott Road
  • Downtown Location
    St. John Baptist Church
    184 Goodell Street
  • West Side Location
    Prince of Peace Christian Church
    190 Albany Street
  • Primera United Methodist Church
    62 Virginia Street
  • North Buffalo Location
    Church of the Good Shepherd
    96 Jewett Parkway
  • Riverside Location:
    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
    311 Ontario Street

This Gun Buyback program raises awareness about where people can take unwanted guns, and they can be a lifeline for people who may be threatened by guns in the home,” Brown stated.  “I want to thank all of our participating faith-based organizations and their respective pastors for their commitment to the safety of our city.”

Pre-paid bank cash cards will be provided, No Questions Asked, in the following denominations:

  • $10.00  Non-working or antique guns (including BB guns and pellet guns)
  • $50.00  Rifles/Shotguns
  • $75.00  Handguns
  • $100.00 Assault Weapons (e.g., Uzi’s AK-47s)

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.  Through the Buffalo Police Department’s enforcement of Mayor Brown’s Zero Tolerance anti-crime agenda, overall crime in the city has been reduced by nearly 20% since 2005.