PEEKSKILL, N.Y.-- The City of Peekskill will give residents a chance to turn in unwanted, legal or illegal firearms at a no-questions-asked gun buyback event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at the United Methodist Church, 1040 Main St.
The gun buyback offers cash to individuals who turn in assault rifles ($250), handguns ($100), rifles and/or shotguns ($250).
Peekskill Councilman Darren Rigger said m oney for the buyback was raised through a series of fundraisers.
The details on the buy-back are as follows:
- Weapons must be brought unloaded and in a case or holster if possible.
- Active and retired law enforcement are ineligible to receive payment.
- Legal and illegal firearms qualify for the buyback program.
- An illegal firearm is defined as any pistol, revolver or shotgun having a barrel less than 18 inches or a rifle having a barrel less than 16 inches whose possession is contrary to any section of the state or federal laws.
The buyback is part of the city's new "Operation Safe Streets" program, which also includes a tip line that offers a $500 cash award to individuals who call (914) 468-4GUN and provide information that leads to the recovery of a weapon.
“The buyback event and the tip line are an important part of our efforts to take deadly weapons out of circulation," Chief of Police Eric Johansen said in a statement. “Together, they represent the community working together with law enforcement on reducing gun violence in Peekskill, helping to make the city a great place to live, work, visit, and enjoy.”