Gun Buy Back Program Nets 173 Weapons
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Rochester police showed off 173 guns collected by the department through a gun buy back program over the weekend.
Police collected 132 handguns and 41 long guns. This weekend's event was made possible by fundraising efforts of three inmates in the Orleans Correctional Facility, a Rochester church and the RPD.
The Rochester Police Chief said the guns collected all come with a story.
"There is a particular sawed-off shotgun over there that came out of a vacant house in the city in which the person who brought it to us acknowledged that 15 years ago their son has been murdered and he felt it was very important to help get guns off the street because he didn't want to see another family go through the turmoil that his family went through," said James Sheppard, RPD Chief.
Each person who turned in a gun received a gift certificate to Wegmans. In all the program
cost more than $12,000.