Gun buyback event announced in Saratoga

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Saratoga Springs is offering to buy your unwanted firearms. The buyback comes just as a longstanding Saratoga tradition comes to an end.

As a gun show has its last shot in Saratoga, the city is teaming up with this church for a gun buyback.

“This is the 107th show for the past 34 years, now we’re out,” David Petronis, Organizer and President of NEACA, said.

Petronis will have to take his show on the road after city leaders voted to keep guns out of city buildings.

“With the state of our country and what we’re seeing throughout all the school shootings, this is a statement that we are trying to prevent that in our community,” Saratoga Mayor Meg Kelly (D) said.

Mayor Kelly announcing a gun buyback planned for the weekend following the gun show. The timing is no coincidence, she says.

“You don’t know what you have in your attics or basements and we’re trying to get those guns out and into safe hands.”

People wanting to cash-in their firearms will go to the Unitarian Universalist Church on Broadway, Saratoga Police will take the guns straight from the car in exchange for a $50 gift card.

Reverend Joseph Cleveland knows the tragic consequences of guns getting into the wrong hands, especially those of a child.

“It’s the saddest thing that can happen to a family,” Rev. Cleveland said.

In 2010, 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin was shot by a friend playing with his father’s handgun in Saratoga County sparking legislation to keep guns under lock and key.

“The step forward that they take is to make sure that this doesn’t happen to somebody else.”

Back at the gun shop, Petronis says the buyback, which doesn’t include amnesty, won’t solve the issue of gun violence..

“It’s a knee-jerk reaction,” Petronis said.

He’s worried historic firearms will be destroyed and is instead encouraging people to come to the gun fair to sell their rare guns.

 “Our history piece by piece is being torn apart.”

The gun show will take at City Center Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 9-3. The gun buyback is on June 2nd from 9-3 at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 624 North Broadway Street.

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