December 30, 2016 02:29 PM
ALBANY - Twenty-six illegal hands guns off the street. That's the haul from the 12 days of gun buybacks in Albany County.
"When we started this back in 2008, there were a lot of skeptics and a lot of critics," admitted Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
However, Sheriff Apple, along with District Attorney David Soares and Pastor Charlie Muller of Victory Christian Church says there's no need for skepticism any more.
"I think over the course of the last eight years, we've pulled in close to 500 something guns," noted Apple.
It's not just the number of guns.
"Each one of these guns are coming from a target location, a violent crime, a high crime location," noted Soares.
"If it's illegal and a danger in a targeted area, we want them," declared Pastor Charlie Muller with Victory Christian Church.
"These are guns that could easily be used to commit a heinous crime if they haven't already," explained Apple.
Some of the guns were found loaded in Washington Park. Others were inside people's homes.
"A grandmother who happens to find one of these guns in a child's room, a partner who wants a partner to get out of the life," were some examples Soares pointed out. "It says something about that community not wanting illegal guns in it and that's to be applauded."
The guns are all accepted at Victory Christian Church, no questions asked.
"The deputies here will take these guns. We try to test fire the gun and we destroy them. They get ground up and they're out of service forever," declared Apple.
Updated: December 30, 2016 02:29 PM
Created: December 30, 2016 12:26 PM
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