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Franklin County planning gun buyback program

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MALONE — Franklin County will have a gun buyback program to try to get firearms off the streets.

District Attorney Derek P. Champagne presented the idea Thursday to the county Board of Legislators, which approved his request for $5,000 to launch the program. Mr. Champagne said weapons could be turned over anonymously, regardless of whether they are legal, with no questions asked. All of the firearms would be destroyed, he said.

“There are people who don’t know what to do with these things,” he said.

The time and place have yet to be determined, but the program is expected to take place within the next few weeks.

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