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Kingston PD buys back 80 guns in three months

May 23, 2021 5:45 am

MidHudson News is reporting the Kingston Police Department’s Groceries for Guns program has brought in dozens of weapons in return for Hannaford gift cards. Since the program was launched in March, the department has collected 26 handguns, 22 rifles, 11 shotguns, one musket, and 20 pellet guns. Mayor Steven Noble said of the initiative, “This is one of the many proactive programs that the Kingston Police Department has initiated in recent weeks and is part of ongoing efforts to stop gun violence in our community.” The city this week announced it will conduct a Gun Buyback event in coordination with State Attorney General Letitia James on June 5. Gift cards will be provided depending upon the type of weapon turned in: a $25 card will be provided for nonworking or antique firearms; a $75 card will be provided for rifles and shotguns; a $150 card will be provided for handguns; and, a $250 card will be provided for assault weapons. The initiative is open to anyone in the city of Kingston, except licensed gun dealers, and active retired law enforcement officers. This is an amnesty program and no questions will be asked. Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.