January 13, 2010

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Newburgh to conduct gun buyback program next week

DuBois: "A team effort"

NEWBURGH – City officials say Newburgh will participate in Orange County’s latest gun buyback program on January 16 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The buyback program is part of a countywide effort to get guns off the streets and keep them out of dangerous hands. In exchange for the weapons being turned in, no questions asked, the person turning the gun in will receive Shoprite gift cards.  They range from $25 to $150 depending upon the condition and type of weapon turned in.

Since this program began in the county, over 100 weapons have been recovered.

Mayor Nicholas Valentine said the buyback is not an intrusion.  This is about protecting the people in your own community.  That’s really what it’s about; we’re not after trying to catch somebody. We’re after trying to get the guns off the street.”

Orange County Sheriff Carl Dubois said the county is not alone with the gun problem.  “You look up and down, at least from what I see, the east coast and the megalopolis that stretches down from Portland, Maine all the way down to Florida, and that I-95 corridor, there’s a problem with guns.  There are a lot of guns going back and forth,” Dubois said.

Newburgh Police Chief Eric Paolilli acknowledged that bad guys are not going to turn in weapons, but family members might. “If there is a mother or a father or a sister or brother out there who knows there is a gun being secreted in the house and in the heat of the moment could be taken out and used again another person, bring it to us.”

The county’s gun buyback program will also be in the cities of Port Jervis and Middletown.


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