BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Bridgeport’s gun buyback program has officially taken more than 1,200 guns off the streets since it was launched in 2012, city officials said.
The announcement came just days after another successful installment of the gun buyback program occurred Saturday. With the three gun buyback program installments this year alone, more than 275 guns have been taken in by the Bridgeport Police Department.
“Taking action against gun violence – and the use or trafficking of illegal guns – has always been, and remains, a top priority for me and my administration,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “Our gun buyback program has proven to be successful, taking in more than 1,200 guns since we initiated the program years ago. Guns that are purchased as part of this program can never be used to hurt or kill ever again. I strongly believe that this effort has saved lives and has made Bridgeport a safer place for kids and families. Even if this program saves one life, it is money well spent.”
The current goal of the program is to take more than 1,000 additional guns off the streets.
“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 Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. “The Police Department works hard every day to keep our kids and families safe. This is another tool that helps keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.”
The Gun Buyback program is part of a comprehensive strategy in Bridgeport to reduce violence and crack down on illegal gun use and illegal gun trafficking in the city. The Police Department has added walking beats in targeted areas across the city. And, the department plans to add 100 officers in the next 18 to 24 months.
Bridgeport police seized 208 firearms between June 2014 and May 2015.
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