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Lockport police to offer gun buyback program Feb. 23

BY: Rikki Cason | February 11, 2013

The City of Lockport Police Department are working to clean up Lockport and make the community a safer place.

To help with that, the police department will be holding their first ever Lockport gun buyback on Feb. 23.

From noon to 5 p.m. people can come to the lobby of the Lockport Municipal Building, drop off their gun in exchange for money.

“The purpose of this program is to get guns off the street,” said Captain Michael Niethe, who organized the program.

Police Chief Lawrence Eggert said if people bring in a gun, there will be no questions asked.

For non working guns, people can receive $10, rifles and shotguns $50, handguns $75 and assault rifles $100.

Eggert said they do plan on working with the people who bring in weapons that day. For example, he said if an elderly woman brings in a rare, valuable antique gun that was their diseased husbands, but has know knowledge of what the gun is worth, they will give that person a receipt for the gun and keep it for them until they are able to research and sell it for the proper amount.

He said this buyback program is also a benefit to people who may have inherited a gun after a family member passed away, but they now don’t know what to do with it.

“They don’t have to worry about getting in trouble,” Eggert said. “They can come to (city hall) and get rid of it.”

Old, unwanted ammunition will also be accepted and people are encouraged to dispose of it.

The police department will also have their prescription drop off box available for people to safely dispose of their prescription medication. No needle or chemicals are accepted.

The city is teaming up with Niagara Falls police who will also offer a gun buyback at the same time at the Niagara Falls Fire Department. Niagara Falls will also offer a sign up for a gun safety course presented by the Niagara Falls Police Department Firearms Training Unit.

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