New Haven to Hold Second Gun Buyback

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    NBC 7 San Diego
    New Haven collected 52 firearms in gun buyback as part of an effort to reduce violence in the city.

    After collecting 52 firearms in its gun buyback in June, the city of New Haven is hosting a second gun buyback in efforts to get guns off the streets and prevent them from being used in future crimes.

    Some of the guns collected at the June event were an AK pistol, an AR 15 and a "Street Sweeper" shotgun, according to New Haven police.

    "Any way we can get guns off the street, it's going to reduce the potential violence," Lt. Rachael Cain, the New Haven Police Department's head of Bureau of Identification.

    The city awarded cash gift cards amounting to $75 per handgun, shotgun and rifle and $150 per assault weapon to people who turned in guns as a part of the program. People were permitted to turn the guns in anonymously with no questions asked and didn't have to show IDs.

    None of the guns will be used in a future crime, police said.

    Mayor Toni Harp's Office, the New Haven Department of Youth Services and police collaborated on the gun buyback. Yale-New Haven Hospital sponsored the program with an $8,000 grant.

    The gun buyback went from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Haven Police Academy.

    The city's second gun buyback is scheduled for Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Radio Amor at 261 Portsea St.