Gun buyback program returns to Poughkeepsie

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Guns surrendered at the June, 2021 event in Poughkeepsie. Mid-Hudson News file photo.

POUGHKEEPSIE – New York State Attorney General Letitia “Tish” James is holding another gun buyback program in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, May 14th, at Beulah Baptist Church from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The church is located at 92 Catharine Street in Poughkeepsie.  Participants do not have to be city residents to surrender a weapon and no ID is required.

Individuals can turn in any firearm and no questions will be asked by the members of law enforcement on hand to secure the weapons.  Representatives from the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will provide a pre-paid gift card to individuals that turn in the guns.

The value of the gift card is determined by the type of firearm that is surrendered:

  • $300 for assault rifles
  • $150 for handguns
  • $75 for rifles or shotguns
  • $25 for non-working or antique firearms

City of Poughkeepsie Police Officer Kevin Van Wagner, President of the department’s PBA, endorsed the program, saying “We are happy to work with Attorney General James and any organization that will help us remove deadly firearms from the streets. The weapons that are turned in are no longer a threat to our officers or the community.”