NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) A first-time firearm buyback program in New Albany closed earlier than expected Friday because dozens gun owners turned out for the popular deal which paid them hundreds in cash for their weapons.
The program was supposed to last until 8 p.m. but ended because the money ran out even though the guns didn't. $50,000 in private donations paid for the guns, including $200 each for handguns, rifles, and shotguns, and $300 for two assault weapons that were sold. 249 weapons and all were bought by the city.
The guns will be checked with the National Crime Information Center to see if they are stolen or used to commit crimes and will destroy them otherwise.
The program was already being planned but was moved up after the Connecticut shootings left 20 children and seven adults dead before the gunman killed himself on Dec. 14.
Police said the goal was to make New Albany's homes and streets safer by offering a higher price for guns than could be bought on the streets, where they could fall into the wrong hands and to prevent accidental gun deaths at home.
The city plans another buyback program because of the popularity but has not announced specifics.