Ithaca-area gun buyback program nets 146 firearms

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January 8, 2013

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) - Nearly 150 firearms have been turned in as part of a gun buy-back program held by police in the Ithaca area.

The Ithaca Police Department says 33 handguns and 27 rifles and shotguns were turned in over the weekend at the city fire department's central station. The Ithaca Journal reports that another 40 handguns and 46 long guns had been turned in to the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office at the county airport.

People who turned in firearms were given $40 for handguns and up to $200 for long guns.

Ithaca Police Chief John Barber says he's pleased with the buy-back program, saying it accomplished the goal of helping to get guns off the street. The program was launched with the support of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick and county Legislature Chairwoman Martha Robertson.

Associated Press, 2013