The city has announced the Rochester Police Department will hold an anonymous gun buyback event next month to remove more illegal guns from the streets, and keep legal guns from falling into the hands of criminals.
The event will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Miracle Deliverance Faith Center, 69 Whitney St.
“The gun buyback is one more tool in our comprehensive strategy to confront the challenge of illegal guns so we can create safer, more vibrant neighborhoods, more jobs, and provide all of our children with a quality education,” Mayor Lovely Warren stated. “Illegal guns are causing havoc in our city, and we will exhaust every possible resource to remove them from our streets. I want to thank Wegmans, the Rochester Police Foundation, and the congregation of Miracle Deliverance Faith Center for supporting this important event.”
The gun buyback will give residents an opportunity to anonymously exchange an operable handgun or assault rifle for a $100 Wegmans gift card, and an operable long gun for a $50 gift card, with a limit of $300 in cards per person.
The Gun Buyback program is another component of Rochester’s commitment to reducing firearms violence, along with a new Hall of Justice gun court, and Warren’s collaboration with other New York mayors to develop statewide solutions to gun violence, city officials stated.
“It provides an outlet, and incentive, for people to safely and legally dispose of unwanted firearms and eliminates the chance that the surrendered guns will end up in the hands of criminals,” the city said in a press release.