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More than 145 weapons once tucked away in the closets and drawers of local homes will soon be nothing more than scraps of metal after a gun buyback program held Saturday in Tompkins County.

The first of its kind in the area, the program generated interest from as far away as Canandaigua and Greene as citizens brought in weapons under the promise of amnesty, immunity and cash.

“This program is designed to get unsecured or illegally owned guns off the streets,” Ithaca Police Officer Jamie Williamson said. “One gun is worth our efforts.”

Run jointly with the Ithaca Police and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, officials were unsure of how many guns might be generated from the untested program.

Read more at The Ithica Journal

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