Niagara Gazette — Falls police had said from the time the buyback program was announced that they did not expect criminals to turn in their guns. They said what they hoped for was to take guns that could fall into the hands of criminals off the streets.
“It was a chance for people to do what we wanted,” DalPorto said, “get rid of guns they no longer wanted and eliminate the chance they could be lost or stolen.”
The program paid $100 for assault weapons. $75 for handguns, $50 for long guns like rifles and shotguns and $10 for non-working guns. Only two of the purchased guns, in addition to the two BB guns, were non-working.
Officers even advised some folks that their guns were more valuable than what they were paying.
“We had a few shotguns that were much more valuable (as collector’s items) than what we could offer,” DalPorto said, “so we advised the people they might want to take them to a gun dealer instead.”
The program had the backing of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the support of the city Block Club Council and MAD DADS.
“We had great support from the community,” DalPorto said. “And it was a good day for the community.”