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Legislature Supports Gun Buyback Event

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Legislature, by unanimous vote (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused), passed a resolution of support for s Gun Buyback Event, proposed by Sheriff Ken Lansing and District Attorney Matt Van Houten.  The event, to receive and buy guns turned in by members of the public, will take place Saturday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Airport Fire and Rescue Building, 72 Brown Road, Ithaca. 

This is similar to gun buyback events held in past years.  The resolution notes that, without such an event, it may be difficult for many people to dispose of unwanted guns, leading to situations where the guns are lost or left unsecured, and that providing a safe and secure pathway for people to voluntarily dispose of guns that they no longer wish to possess or store will prevent those guns from being used unsafely, thereby providing a useful service to the community.
 

Below is the resolution, approved by the Legislature:

A Resolution in Support of the Upcoming Gun Buyback Program

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Sheriff and District Attorney have proposed holding an event to receive and buy guns that are turned in from members of the public on June 9, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Airport Fire and Rescue Building located on Airport grounds at 72 Brown Road, Ithaca, New York, and

WHEREAS, Tompkins County has successfully held gun buyback events in prior years where members of the public were able to surrender guns that are no longer wanted, with no questions asked, followed by the checking of the guns to determine whether they may have been involved in any known criminal activity, storage for one year, and the destruction of the guns, and

WHEREAS, the District Attorney has determined that adequate funds are available in the forfeiture account to fund the gun buybacks, and

WHEREAS, the Sheriff has agreed to staff and supervise the event, including the parking areas outside of 72 Brown Road, and

WHEREAS, without such an event, it may be difficult for many people to dispose of unwanted guns, leading to situations where the guns are lost or left unsecured, and

WHEREAS, providing a safe and secure pathway for members of the public to voluntarily dispose of guns that they no longer wish to possess or store will prevent those guns from being used unsafely, thereby providing a useful service to the community, now therefore be it

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Public Safety Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature supports the proposed gun buyback program.