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February 24, 2013

Guns & Ammo

STAFF REPORTS
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Apparently there are a lot of unwanted firearms in the Lockport area.

The Lockport Police Department’s gun buyback amnesty event, held Saturday in the Municipal Building, drew hundreds of people, many of whom walked away with a little pocket change.

During the five-hour event 178 firearms, including 117 hand guns and 61 long guns were purchased by the police department. Police officials said the guns will be destroyed and thereby kept from being used illegally on the streets of Western New York.

The program, the first of its kind for Lockport was held by LPD in conjunction with the Buffalo Office of the Drug Enforcement Agency, led by Dale Kaspyrzak. Police accepted firearms and ammunition, no questions asked, in exchange for cash.

Anyone wishing to dispose of unwanted firearms were paid $10 for non-working guns; $50 for working rifles and shotguns; $75 for working hand guns and $100 for assault rifles.

Held from noon to 5 p.m., the event attracted more than 200 people. Approximately 5,000 live rounds of ammunition and 76 pounds of presecription drugs were also collected.

At the end of the day, $11,265 was paid out. The payments came from funds seized from local drug dealers.