By Danny Schrafel
Residents will be allowed to turn in unwanted firearms, no questions asked, as part of a gun buyback program at Huntington Manor Fire Department headquarters on July 18, police officials announced Wednesday.
The program was organized by the office of Legislator William Spencer (D-Centerport) and the Ministerial Alliance of Huntington Station and funded by a $10,000 grant from State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
“So many times, when a burglary is committed at the house of a gun owner, the firearms get taken and they end up in the hands of the wrong people,” said Second Precinct Inspector Brady said during a community meeting Wednesday. “So, if you can get a firearm off the street or out of someone’s home where it’s not needed or used anymore, encourage anyone you know to come in and surrender a firearm.”
The program pays $25 for non-working and antique firearms, $75 for rifles and shotguns, $100 for handguns and $150 for assault weapons. Payment in the form of gift cards will be awarded on site.
“We just want to get [the guns] off the street,” Brady said.
Firearms should be brought to the buyback unloaded, in a vehicle’s trunk and in plastic or paper bag or a box, organizers said. There is also no limit to the amount of guns one can turn in; licensed gun dealers and active/retired law enforcement officers are not eligible.
The buyback will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at the Huntington Manor Fire Department, located at 1650 New York Ave. in Huntington Station.
For more information, call Spencer’s office at 631-854-4500.