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Nov. 22, 2006

Oswego County to Allow Gun Amnesty Registrations in December

Oswego County will conduct a gun amnesty program during the month of December that will allow county residents to register their unregistered pistols without penalty. The program is a joint effort by the Oswego County Clerk’s Office, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, and the Office of County Court Judge James McCarthy.

“Gun amnesty programs have been very successful here and in other counties,” said County Clerk George J. Williams. “The program will be especially helpful to people who possess wartime souvenirs. Veterans often brought home pistols as souvenirs of their war experience, and many of these guns were never registered. Family members who inherit unregistered guns may not be sure of what to do about registering them.”

During December, people may bring their unregistered guns to the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office at the Public Safety Center, 39 Churchill Road, Oswego. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office will conduct a records search to make sure the gun is not wanted in relation to a crime. If the weapon is on a wanted list, it will be confiscated.

“If the records search shows the gun is not on a wanted list, the owner will be allowed to add it to their pistol permit through the County Clerk’s Office. The holder may then schedule an appointment to retrieve the weapon from the Sheriff’s Office by presenting the amended permit and receipt,” said Oswego County Sheriff Reuel A. Todd. “People who don't have pistol permits can apply for them, or they may arrange to sell the gun to someone who holds a pistol permit. In such cases, the Sheriff’s Office will keep the gun safe and secure until a permit is issued or the weapon is sold.”

Oswego County Court Judge James McCarthy is the county’s pistol licensing officer.

“The program allows Oswego County residents to fulfill their legal responsibility to register pistols, without fear of punishment,” said Judge McCarthy. “The amnesty program will also help gun owners who’ve moved here from other states that have different gun licensing laws. Our goal is simply to help gun owners comply with the law.”

For more information, contact Jeanne Hibbert at the Oswego County Clerk’s Office, weekdays, phone 349-8620 or toll-free at 1-800-596-3200, ext. 8620.


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