If you hurry, you still have time to make it to Franklin County’s first county-wide gun buyback, which is being held today until 3 p.m. in Akwesasne and Constable.
The Press-Republican reports that Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne (winner, best name in Franklin County, possibly ever) is looking to take unwanted and unneeded weapons off people’s hands, and reduce the number of guns that could be available to “fall into the wrong hands.”
Events like this one are interesting to me in that they point to a seemingly-obvious-but-often-ignored element of the whole debate (oh, let’s just call it an argument) about guns: They’re not “inherently” one way or another. A weapon that in one person’s hands, or gun cabinet, might be harmless, could be left carelessly about to “fall into the wrong hands”, if it’s not properly cared for, secured, etc.
And if shooting is a hobby (or if your hobby involves shooting) as is true for many people, we all know that some of the things we use for our hobby aren’t as interesting to us, after a while, as others. We tend to get excited about new “toys”, and over time, some of them fall into disuse. That’s just how it is.
Events like this are a realistic response to that tendency.
Alright, here are the details:
People can bring guns to the Hogansburg-Akwesasne Fire Station on Route 37 and the Constable Fire Department on Route 122, and if you do go over, be sure to take a look at the article before you go — there are some very specific requirements as to how weapons need to be transported and presented to officials. (It’s also worth having a look at the comments.)
Here’s the price list:
For a working assault rifle or handgun: $150
A working long gun or rifle: $25,
Ammunition magazines that hold 10 rounds or more: $20
Officials will check to see if the gun works, and then you’ll get paid. You can turn in any number of firearms, but you’ll only get paid for three of them, up to a maximum of $450.
On the upside, anyone who surrenders a weapon will get amnesty from any gun-possession charge, Champagne says.
If you miss today’s events and you’d like to exchange a weapon for cash, the county will be scheduling more events in the future. You can contact them at (518) 521-1007.