BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – More than 125 firearms have been taken off the city's streets as part of a gun buyback program initiated by Mayor Bill Finch and hosted by the Bridgeport Police Department.
This latest installment of the program Saturday resulted in a total of 127 firearms being bought, according to a press release.
“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 Finch in a press release. “Our gun buyback program has proven to be successful, taking in more than 1,000 guns since we initiated the program several 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.”
As part of the program, Bridgeport offers 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 program began in 2012 and has resulted in taking more than 1,000 guns off the street, according to a press release.
“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 Bridgeport Police Chief Gaudett in a press release. “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.”
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