“Since 2005, we have removed 8,430 illegal guns from our city streets,” said Mayor Brown. “Nearly 3,000 of those weapons have been seized through the Gun BuyBack program. Once again, we plan to coordinate with the Buffalo Police Department, and encourage city residents to come forward in a safe and confidential setting to turn in guns.”
The past four gun buyback efforts have yielded a total of 2,951 guns turned in by city residents. Participants received over $100,000 through pre-paid credit card incentives, distributed at each drop-off location.
In 2005, the Buffalo Police Department removed 923 illegal guns from city streets. Since then the Department has removed 1,061 in 2006, 1,801 in 2007, 1,608 in 2008, 1,684 in 2009, 859 in 2010 and 1,417 in 2011; 2,951 of those weapons were sized through the Gun BuyBack program.