Crossgates a lure to turn in weapons

GUILDERLAND — A church in Albany is offering gifts to a suburban mall to anyone who turns in a handgun.

Victory Christian Church, as part of its Gifts for Guns program, will accept any handgun, no questions asked, in exchange for a $150 Crossgates Mall gift card, good at any store.
 

The program, according to founder Pastor Charles Muller, is in its fourth year, and, on average, collects 30 guns per year; 11 have already been turned in this year.

“It doesn’t matter if the person turning it in has a permit,” said Muller. “A lot of times people have unused guns lying around and if kids get their hands on them, there are accidents or they are used for crime; we want to get those guns off the street.”

Guns may be turned in to 118 Quail St., Albany, through Christmas.

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The two suspects and victim are all males and 16 or 17 years old, Altamont Police say. A pair was reportedly looking for marijuana when the deal went bad and they dragged the dealer from their car.

 The village board is set to make a decision on the application at the public hearing scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the village hall.

He grew up in Guilderland and worked as an accountant auditor in the state’s Department of Labor for 34 years.