UTICA, N.Y.-- A Utica Police gun buy-back has been way more successful in getting old guns off the street than police thought it might be.
Police netted more than 200 firearms in a gun buy-back with the Attorney General's office.
An assistant attorney general said they actually went over budget, and will have to reimburse people who didn't get checks.
Police said most of the guns came from homes that didn't want them in the house anymore.
"And it serves a couple purposes for us," said Utica Police Chief Mark Williams. "One is that fact that the firearms don't end up in the hands of children, which could be an accidental discharge. Or more importantly, the gun isn't stolen out of a house and then later used as a crime gun elsewhere."
Police said they'll check the serial numbers on guns to see if any stolen firearms can be returned to their rightful owners, but most will be sent to a steel mill to be destroyed.