Ithaca’s Gun Buy Back
Written By: Joe Melillo
Ithaca is a little safer after the police department’s gun buyback program brought dozens of firearms off the city’s streets.
Ithaca (WENY) - Ithaca is a little safer after the police department's gun buyback program brought dozens of firearms off the city's streets. The Ithaca police department and the Tompkins County Sheriffs office worked together to collect 87 guns. People turned in 42 hand guns and 45 long guns, including three sawed off shotguns and two semi-automatic rifles. Anyone who turned in a gun was paid in cash and given amnesty. One of the hand guns was a world war 2 chrome-plated colt-45, worth about $2,000. Despite the beauty of some guns, they all will be destroyed to ensure a safer community.
“The whole thing with the gun buy back program is to get the guns off the streets and as beautiful as these guns might be or as old and rusty as they might be we don't discriminate when it comes to getting rid of these guns permanently off the streets,” says Ithaca Police Representative officer Jamie Williamson.
IPD is also giving away gun locks to anyone who stops by the police department, no questions asked.