Chief of Police Gary Miguel announced a citywide handgun amnesty on Tuesday morning. The gun collection will take place on two Wednesdays, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11.
Alongside Miguel was Mayor Matthew Driscoll, Chief Assistant District Attorney Rick Trunfio eight clergymen and the co-founder of Mothers Against Gun Violence, Helen Hudson. The group was gathered to announce the gun buy-back and ensure the public that the process was not a quick fix to the recent uproar of homicides.
"With any gun amnesty program, the media really becomes a partner in this," Miguel said. "We certainly are hoping that will take place in bringing the message to our community."
Miguel said there was a meeting on Monday with all the clergy that attended the press conference to discuss what could be done about the violence in the area. Driscoll, Miguel and Trunfio also met at the beginning of the year to discuss an amnesty program, which was enforced in Syracuse two years ago.
Financial compensation of $200 will be given to anyone that returns an illegal handgun to the Public Safety Building on either of the designated days between 7 a.m. and midnight. The payment of the $200 will be issued after the gun has been sent to the crime labs for testing. Upon drop-off, a voucher for the compensation will be issued.
Requirements for financial compensation:
1. City resident
3. Illegally possessed
5. Proper identification for person surrendering weapon
The Public Safety Building is located at 511 S. State St. All handguns must be taken to the front desk. The police department asks that all handguns be unloaded and placed in a bag or a box. If you are unfamiliar with handling a gun, you can call the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5200 to make arrangements for pick-up of the gun(s).