NEWBURGH – The latest gun buyback program conducted in the City of Newburgh last Saturday resulted in 28 handguns and 10 long-guns being turned in to police. Three of the long-guns were illegally modified sawed-off shotguns.
The program was designed to allow people to safely surrender guns and receive a Walmart gift card of up to $150, depending on the type of gun turned in.
“We are committed to reducing gun violence in the City of Newburgh and gun buyback programs are one part of the equation in doing so,” said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.
The DA said under his policy, anyone caught carrying an illegal gun faces a minimum of 3 ½ years in state prison. “Ultimately, every illegal gun we remove from the streets makes Orange County a little safer.”
This last program was a collaborative effort of the DA’s Office, Newburgh City and State Police.