Officials hope Albany's "Gifts for Guns Buy Back Program" will take more guns out of the local community.
Albany County officials have announced that St. Peter’s Health Partners has joined the program for 2017 with a $10,000 donation. The Albany County Sherif kicked in $4,000 and the Capital Gun Group has contributed $3,000. District Attorney David Soares says that equates to 125 guns off the streets of Albany and Troy.
"To date we've collected voluntarily over 650 guns out of our community."
Starting December 1st, anyone in Albany County looking to exchange illegal guns for $150 Crossgates Mall gift cards can call Pastor Charlie Muller at 518-434-6100.
As a direct result of donations received from St. Peter’s Health Partners in Troy, individuals in Rensselaer County can visit the Victorious Life Church at 1838 5th Avenue, on the first four Saturdays of December from 10 AM to 2 PM to exchange illegal guns.