More than 120 guns turned in at buyback event

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More than 120 guns were taken off the streets of Rochester through a gun buyback program held by the Attorney General’s office and the Rochester Police Department.

Most gun owners turned theirs in anonymously. Though Jack Wyatt said he wanted to safely get rid of an unused .22. 

“It was an old firearm that my grandma had, and I was just hanging on to it for sentimental reasons,” said Wyatt. 

Wyatt lives near the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, where the buyback was held. He said it’s an area where gun violence is a concern. 

“It’s disturbing,” said Wyatt. “It’s frightening, and it’s depressing. So I just want to do whatever I can do to make the situation a little bit better for everybody.” 

The Attorney General’s office is accepted all types of weapons — rifles, shotguns, and handguns — at the buyback. All weapons will be checked in and logged by the Rochester Police Department before eventually being destroyed.

Assistant Attorney General Ted O’Brien said many of the guns come from people who would never use them illegally.

“Those people often may not know if a gun goes missing in their house,” said O’Brien. “And those are the guns we don’t want to fall in the wrong hands.” 

O’Brien said taking in and destroying the guns is just one way to address gun violence.

As for Wyatt, he said even having one less gun off the streets may make a difference. 

“There’s a payoff somewhere down the road and we have to start looking for answers, and this is a good way to start,” said Wyatt.

Tuesday’s gun buyback resulted in 128 guns being turned in. That number includes 3 assault weapons, 60 handguns, 29 rifles, 19 shot guns (including two sawed off shot guns), and 17 non-working guns.

If a gun was reported lost or stolen and turned in, police will return it to the lawful owner.

As an incentive, people were given gift cards in exchange for different types of guns.

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