More than 100 guns will be destroyed, after a gun buyback in Niagara Falls. In all, there were 155 guns turned in for gift cards
Joel Daloise turned in a .22 and .38 at the buyback. The firearms were hand-me-downs from his father: a WWII veteran.
“He went in with the fifth wave at about 8:50 a.m. on June 6, 1964: the D-Day landing at Normandy,” he said.
Daloise said dad is now 95 years old, and has no use for the guns. He received two $75 gift cards for turning them in.
There are many different reasons why people are turning in these guns. Some may have recently lost a loved one and want to get rid of the guns they left behind.
“A lot of widowers, they just don’t know what to do with a handgun after the death of a spouse, and this provides them a safe opportunity to dispose of those guns,” Michael Russo, the head attorney at the Buffalo NYS AG office, said.
For non-working, or antique firearms, a $25 gift card was given. Fifty dollars was given for every rifle and shotgun, $75 for handguns, and $100 for an assault rifle.
When a gun is returned, it’s done anonymously. There are no questions asked.
“Before they fall into the hands of somebody, or the people become a victim of crime and the gun gets stolen and used in a crime, we give them the opportunity to get rid of them,” Chief Bryan DalPorto, of Niagara Falls Police, said. “And we’ve seen great results.”
Serial numbers are checked on the guns after they’re turned in. If any are found to be stolen, they’ll be returned to their rightful owners. The rest are destroyed.
If you missed this gun buyback, Niagara Falls Police tells News 4, they plan to have about one buyback every year.