Gun Buyback Event at the South Country Ambulance Company

1fsmmThis past Saturday, Suffolk County benefited greatly from an extremely popular and effective gun buyback event held at the South Country Ambulance Company in East Patchogue.
“This was the most successful gun buyback program locally in the history of Suffolk County”, said South Country Ambulance Chief, Gregory C. MiglinoJr. The buyback hauled in 77 long rifles, 80 hanguns and 4 assault weapons. Residents turning in guns received gift cards of $150 for assault weapons, $100 for handguns, $75 for rifles and $25 for inoperable guns or antiques.
The event was a partnership between the South Country Community Conference, Assemblyman Dean Murray, Town Councilman Michael Loguercio, the South Country Ambulance Company and the Suffolk Police Department. Gino Cruz, president of the South Country Community Conference, said buyback funds were provided via private donations and that the buyback was so successful that funds ran out during the event, leading organizers to scrambling to located additional funds even as the event took place. “The volume of the turnout was terrific and way more than expected, leading us to take contact info for approximately 50 people so they could be informed of the next buyback event which we are hoping to put together by the end of November.” A large number of residents who were informed that the funds had exhausted turned in their guns anyway.
The event was also attended by the new administrators of the South Country Library, director Kristina Sembler and assistant director Patrick O’Leary. “As organizers of the event began to realize that the donated funds were running low and we still had a long line of attendees, Kristina and I grabbed clipboards and began taking down email addresses so that unaccomodated people could be notified of when the next event would take place”, said Patrick O’Leary.
Suffolk police will handle the destruction of the turned in firearms.

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