Updated: 09/28/2013 8:47 PM
Created: 09/28/2013 10:20 AM WHEC.com
Getting guns off the streets and reducing violence is the aim of a new state gun buyback program.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was in Rochester Saturday to launch the program.
Officials traded cash for guns at this location on Arnett Boulevard, handing out as much as $75 for a handgun and a $100 debit card for an assault weapon.
The Southwest Gun Buyback Committee, the State Attorney General's Office and the Rochester Police Department have joined forces to offer the program locally.
The hope is that buying guns and getting them off the street will help reduce violence throughout the city, especially on the southwest side where there has been a rash of shootings over past several weeks.
"Fewer guns in our communities equals less violence, equals less death, equals safer kids. This is what we all agree on,” said Schneiderman.
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