NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — There are 153 fewer guns on the street in Niagara Falls today.
A joint project between the Niagara Falls Police Department and the state Attorney General's office offered prepaid debit cards, worth between $25 and $100, to anyone who turned in a gun Wednesday morning, no questions asked.
Free gun locks were also offered for those who had other weapons at home or in their possession. It's another way to stress the importance of keeping all rifles and handguns locked up, whether in a safe or on display.
Once the serial numbers on a weapon is checked to make sure the weapon was not stolen, it's destroyed. This is the fourth time the two entities have partnered up and it’s the second largest turnout seen yet statewide.
"Everyone here is a responsible person who wants to get rid of an unwanted crime," Niagara Falls Police Chief Bryan DalPorto said. "We are under no illusion this is going to fix the crime problem, but if it can prevent it, we are all for it."
A full list of public gun buyback dates is available on the attorney general's website. Guns also can be turned in at any time to the Niagara Falls Police Department, but an appointment is needed.