GOSHEN, N.Y. -- As part of Orange County's "Save a Life" program, the county has added two special gun buyback events to make it easier for residents to drop off their guns.
The program kicked off Friday and runs until March 18th. Residents can turn in guns to the police departments in Newburgh, Middletown, Port Jervis, and the county sheriff's office. They'll get a ShopRite gift card in exchange.
The first special buyback event will be this Saturday at the Newburgh Community Action Committee building on Grand Street. The second day will be on February 9th at House of Refuge on Broadway.
"I want to make it as comfortable as possible for local residents to go someplace in their own neighborhood and to turn the guns in. That's why we're having these events here at 48 Grand Street and also another event at 131 Broadway at the House of Refuge, the NCAC Building," said Michael Ferrara, City of Newburgh Police Chief.
It's the third time the county has launched the Save a Life program.
The guns have to be delivered unloaded and inside a clear plastic bag. If you're bringing it by car, the weapon has to be in the trunk.
Drop off locations:
-Newburgh Police department
-Middletown Police department
-Port Jervis Police Departments
-Orange County Sheriff's office
City of Newburgh Schedules Special Gun Buyback Events:
The City of Newburgh will hold two special Gun Buyback days in connection with the county-wide Amnesty Program, “Save a Life,” announced by Orange County Executive Edward Diana on Jan. 17, 2013. The first will be on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Newburgh Community Action Committee (NCAC) building in the former Masonic Lodge, 48 Grand Street. The second will be at House of Refuge, 131 Broadway, on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The program will run through March 18, 2013, and in addition to the two special drop-off events, guns may be turned into the City of Newburgh Police Department at the front desk.
The gun buyback program enables individuals to turn in firearms without fear of charges. Participants will be rewarded with gift cards from Shop-Rite in amounts varying from $25 for an inoperable weapon to $150 for rifles and shotguns.
The campaign is supported locally by the City of Newburgh, the City of Newburgh Police Department, Senator Bill Larkin, Assemblyman Frank Skartados, the Orange County Executive, Sheriff’s Department, and District Attorney, the Greater Newburgh Partnership (GNP), Newburgh Community Action Committee (NCAC), Rev. Jesse Howard, Chaplain Crisis Response Ministries and Bishop Jeffrey Woody.
Councilman Curlie Dillard, who spearheaded the City’s program, noted, “Since 2010 we have lost 20 lives due to gun violence. We need everyone’s help to turn this trend around, and we especially welcome the assistance of County and State officials, the Greater Newburgh Partnership, and religious and community leaders. It is not only the gun on the street, but the unattended or forgotten gun in the home that is of concern. This cooperative effort sends positive assurance to anyone who may be apprehensive about turning in a firearm.