The City of Peekskill will give residents a chance to turn in unwanted, illegal, or illegally-possessed firearms at a no-questions-asked gun buyback event from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday at the United Methodist Church at 1040 Main St. It’s part of the city’s new Operation Safe Streets program, which aims to reduce the supply of illegal guns to criminals in partnership with the Peekskill community, according to a press release from the city.
The gun buyback offers cash to individuals who turn in assault rifles, handguns, rifles and/or shotguns. Funds for payments were raised by the community through a series of fundraisers, said Peekskill Councilman Darren Rigger, who first suggested the program to city officials.
The details on the buy-back are as follows:
Cash payments will be varied depending on the type of weapon: $100 for handguns; $200 for rifles/shotguns and $250 for assault rifles.
Weapons must be brought unloaded and in a case or holster if possible. Active and retired law enforcement are ineligible to receive payment.
Legal, illegal, or illegally possessed firearms will qualify for the buyback program.
An illegal firearm is defined as any pistol, revolver, shotgun having a barrel less than 18 inches, or a rifle having a barrel less than 16 inches, whose possession is in contrary to any section of the New York State Penal Law or Federal Statutes.
The first component of Operation Safe Streets, a confidential tip line launched in June, offers a $500 cash award to individuals who call (914) 468-4GUN and provide information that leads to the recovery of a weapon.
All funds for Operation Safe Streets were generated through asset forfeiture (from drug dealers) and community donations including a $1,000 donation from the Peekskill Rotary and $250 donations from the Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, The Peekskill PBA, and the Peekskill Police Superior Officers Association.