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Gun buyback initiative nets 45 guns in Columbia County

Nov 21, 2022 12:45 am

Robert Gavin reports for the Times Union that a gun buyback program brought in 45 guns in Columbia County over the weekend. The joint effort by the offices of Attorney General Letitia James and Columbia County Sheriff Donald Krapf led to the collection of 20 handguns, 18 long guns, six non-working guns, and an assault weapon from the city of Hudson and surrounding areas, authorities said. In exchange for the weapons, the attorney general’s office offered prepaid gift cards. An officer received the guns unloaded on site, authorities said. James’ office said her agency has recovered more than 3,700 firearms through gun buybacks and similar initiatives since she took office in 2019. Krapf, in a statement, said: “The availability to drop off a firearm with no questions asked allows law enforcement to get guns off the street, get firearms that are in questionable condition turned in for destruction, and also affords the possibility of reuniting a stolen or lost firearm with the rightful owner.” Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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