Niagara Falls and Lockport Hold Gun Buyback Events
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NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. - At this fire station in Niagara Falls, David Meyers was the first in line to get rid of two guns he had sitting around the house.
"I brought in a .22 rifle and a .32 pistol that was given to me by my grandfather," said Meyers.
Meyers, a former probation officer, says he just doesn't have any use for the firearms anymore.
"I just wanted to get rid of it. They're working, they're operable and all they're going to do is get stolen at the house or something could happen to them. I just don't have a need for them," said Meyers.
Meyers is just one of dozens of people who came out for Niagara Falls' first ever Gun Buyback. Police Chief Bryan DelPorto says despite its’ critics, gun buy backs do work.
"We know it's not a magic bullet to gun violence but if we can take one gun off the street that might be used in a crime down the road then we think the program has been successful," said Chief DelPorto.
Just about 20 miles east in Lockport, more residents lined up to turn in their guns. Police Chief Larry Eggert believes uncertainty over the states tough new guns laws may have contributed to the high turnout.
"They're turning in guns that quite frankly might be a little bit more difficult to get rid of in three or four months. So, here it's a no questions asked, hand us the gun and walk away with money. So it's really good deal for us. We get guns off the street and it's a good deal for people because they don't have to worry about the new laws," said Chief Eggert.
As the debate over the states new gun laws continues, these city officials say they'll do whatever they can to make sure these guns don't fall into the wrong hands.
"One thing we know is for relatively little financial cost, we're taking guns off the street here today. None of those guns is going to shoot anyone today," said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.