ALBANY - Albany County has been running a program this week called Gifts for Guns.
They were giving out gift cards to Crossgates Mall for handguns and assault rifles that were turned in.
Sixteen guns were collected, removed from city streets and will now be turned over to the Albany county sheriff.
“Earlier this week a call came in on our gun tip line, about a loaded 32 with the hammer back in an alley. And we sent people down. Prior to our arrival people must have been talking about the pastor giving out gift cards and that's where the gun came," said Albany County Sheriff-Elect Craig Apple.
Following Friday’s meeting Pastor Charlie of the Victory Church headed to the Albany County Jail where he was handing out holiday gifts to the inmates.