APD hosts gun buyback

(ALBANY, GA) – After more than 10 years, the Albany Police Department has reinstated the gun buyback program in an attempt to get a few unneeded guns off of the streets.

Albany Police Captain Wendy Luster says the guns police buy keeps them away from those wanting to misuse them.

“What we’re trying to do is make sure weapons don’t get in the hands of the wrong people. So one way to do that is having the gun buyback. That’s one less weapon we have out there that could cause others harm,” says Luster.

It’s not just buying back guns to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

They could potentially stop people from hurting, or killing themselves.

“It claims the lives of more than 23,000 Americans every year, and that includes about 1,200 children and teenagers,” says APD Critical Incident Team Captain, Angel Bradford.

The APD’s gun buy back is only one of many ways they want to help to stop the violence .

Captain Bradford says, “There’s a lot of groups out there, whether it’s substance abuse, relationship problems, financial problems. There’s something out there that we can find to help these people, if they will let us.”

Today’s event should be considered a success by organizers.

The Albany Police swapped out more than $4,500 in gift cards during the buy back Thursday afternoon