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ALBANY, N.Y. -- As a Capital Region community comes together to relaunch an anti- gun violence campaign, several handgun arrests are made in Albany over the weekend, one involving a teenager.
Police said Pedro Davila, 16, ran from them early yesterday morning on Fourth Avenue. Once they stopped him, they recovered a loaded gun, which had been reported stolen.
Police also responded to a fight outside the Port Tavern yesterday morning, arresting Douglas Bynum, 30, after he tried to make a run for it. Police said they found a loaded handgun on him. That gun was also reported stolen.
And Albany Police arrested two men on weapons possession charges after a traffic stop yesterday. Police said they found the loaded handgun when they stopped Anthony Payne, 28, for driving a car with an expired registration. Larry Wilburn, 34, was also arrested.
These arrests come as Albany's ENOUGH program announces the re-launch of their gun buy-back program this weekend. The program is in honor of 10-year-old Kathina Thomas who was shot and killed in front of her first street home four years ago.
The ''Safe Summer Initiative" kicked off in Livingston Park Saturday. The anti-gun violence program was originally launched in response to Kathina's death. It aims to get illegal guns off the streets by buying them back.
The Albany County district attorney said that more than 450 illegal guns have been turned in since 2008.
People are given a gift card in exchange for anonymously turning in a gun.