SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Schenectady County Sheriff's Office hosted its seventh Gun Buy Back event Sunday.
The program is offered on a monthly basis and "offers families a chance to benefit from the safe removal and destruction of illegal weapons throughout the county."
Turn out wasn't tremendous, but for the few hours that the doors of the Mount Pleasant Boys and Girls Club were open, sheriff deputies were on hand to accept any form of firearm, registered or unlicensed.
In exchange for the weapon or weapons brought in, individuals received Price Chopper gift cards.
According to Sheriff D'agastino, getting just one gun off the street is worth the time and money the department spends in the fight against gun violence.
"Gun buy back by itself really does not decrease gun violence. Studies have shown that we acknowledge that we understand that. However, we feel gun buyback working in concert with other initiatives within the community certainly lends itself to reducing gun violence," said D'agostino.
The buyback netted 2 handguns, 1 starter pistol, 5 long guns, and 5 BB guns.
To date, the program has received 53 handguns, 57 rifles/shotguns, and 12 non-working guns.
The event was held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Mt. pleasant Boys and Girls club located at 1104 Webster St. in Schenectady.