Rochester (WSYR-TV) - There is a new effort underway to get illegal guns off the streets and decrease gun violence across New York State.
The New York State Attorney General's Office is sponsoring a statewide gun buyback program.
People can bring in their firearms in exchange for money on a debit card.
The first event was held in Rochester on Saturday.
The program will be coming to Binghamton, Poughkeepsie, Utica, Yonkers, and the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga in the coming weeks.
A second round will be pushed next year. Syracuse is likely to be included in the second round of cities chosen next year.
Guns must be transported to the drop-off site unloaded and placed in a plastic or paper bag or box.
Both working and non-working firearms will be accepted, and there is no limit on the number of firearms an individual can return.
Licensed gun dealers, and active or retired law enforcement officers, are not eligible for this program.
If people have any questions regarding this program, they can call the Rochester Regional Office, at 585-546-7514.