Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cayuga County gun registration program to begin

Cayuga County gun registration program to begin

AUBURN – Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould announced the County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a gun registration program from May 4 through May 22. The program will allow all county residents to register their unregistered handguns without penalty of criminal prosecutions.

The program is a joint effort of the Sheriff’s office and County Court Judge Thomas Leone, who is the county’s pistol licensing officer.

Often handguns have come into a citizen’s possession by inheritance from another family member, was one that was brought back as a wartime souvenir and never registered, or was brought into the state from another state where the licensing laws are different. Many don’t know what to do with the handguns and fear that the weapon will be confiscated.

The program is designed to assist county residents in fulfilling their legal responsibility to register handguns that have come into their possession and have never been registered without fear of prosecution.

All guns are to be unloaded and locked in a person’s vehicle. Do not bring firearms into the sheriff’s office building. A deputy sheriff will escort the gun holder to retrieve the weapon from the vehicle.

For more information about the program, call Sgt. John Leja at 315-253-4148.

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