The Stamford Police Department will be hosting two events to buy back guns and collect ammunition and violent video games.
“The opportunity to remove illegal guns and ammunitions and to remove the negative influence of violent video games will send a positive message to our community for the betterment of our children. On every level, as a society, we will not tolerate this kind of violence,” Mayor Pavia said in a statement on Friday.
Stamford police said they held two successful Gun Buy-Back events, prior to and after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and collected 32 firearms, including two shotguns, five rifles, 14 revolvers, 11 pistols; as well as two BB guns, two swords and one battle axe.
“Each year, there are thousands of gun-related deaths and many gun related injuries in the United States,” the Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare, Thaddeus Jankowski said. “This program advances our local efforts here in Stamford to prevent the result of gun violence, injury and death.”
The Gun Buy-Back Program, Ammunition and Violent Video game collection days will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Turn of River Fire Station, located at 268 Turn of River Road. The second will Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chester Addison Community Center, at 245 Selleck St.
The department will accept operational and non-operational firearms, ammunition, carry cases and holsters and other dangerous weapons as well as violent video games. Gift cards will be given for operational firearms.