BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The start date of the city’s next Gun Buyback initiative will be this weekend, as the city continues to crack down on illegal guns and make its streets safer, Mayor Bill Finch and Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. announced Tuesday.
"We can and must do more to stem the tide of illegal guns that end up on our streets and in the hands of criminals," said Finch. "The question is how did they end up in their hands – and what can we do to prevent more weapons from ending up in the hands of criminals?"
“Taking action against gun violence in our city is my top priority,” Finch added.
As part of the program, the Bridgeport Police Department will offer up to $200 for a working handgun. People turning in rifles will receive up to $100. A weapon determined to be an assault rifle will be eligible for up to $400.
The Gun Buyback will resume Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Police Department Community Services Division at 1395 Sylvan Ave.
“Every gun that is turned in is a gun that won’t end up on the street in the hands of a criminal or in the hands of a child who could accidentally injure himself or someone else,” said Gaudett.
During Finch's most recent gun buyback program, which began in 2012, one of the first weapons turned in was an AR-15 assault rifle. Police also received several Street Sweepers, 12-round shotguns.
“These are not hunting rifles. These are weapons of war. They are specifically designed to kill and maim other human beings and they have no place on our streets and in the hands of criminals,” said Gaudett.
For the Gun Buyback program, people turning in weapons must follow a precise protocol, including:
- Firearms must be delivered unloaded.
- Firearms must be put in a clear plastic bag and put into another container (gym bag, backpack, etc).
- If depositing ammunition in addition to a firearm, ammunition must be delivered in separate bag.
- If transporting the firearm by car, the firearm must be transported in the trunk of the car.
- After the firearm is screened by officers and determined to be a working firearm, cash will be given.
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