A statewide gun buyback was held in several cities and towns across Connecticut on Saturday.
Multiple organizations came together to host the first annual #KeepKidsSafe gun buyback and gun safe giveaway day in Bridgeport, Guilford, Hartford, Newtown, Norwalk, Stamford and Waterbury.
Guilford police said 123 guns were turned in during their event including 70 handguns, 53 rifles/shotguns (including two assault-type weapons), 8 BB/pellet guns and assorted ammunition.
In Hartford, police said a total of 148 guns were collected.
Waterbury police said 60 handguns and rifles were collected including 23 handguns, 36 long rifles, one assault rifle and four BB rifles.
The events were at the following locations:
- Bridgeport: Police Dept. on Sylvan Ave.
- Guilford: Police Dept. on Church St.
- Hartford: Public Works on Jennings Rd.
- Newtown: Police Dept. on S. Main St.
- Norwalk: Police Dept. on Monroe St.
- Stamford: Police Dept. on Bedford St.
- Waterbury: Trinity Health of New England on West Dover St.
Anyone who turned in an operable gun was given a gift card.
For each gun turned in, a gift card in the following amount was given:
- $25: Single and double shot (Derringer-style) guns
- $25: Any type of black powder guns
- $50: Rifles and shotguns
- $100: Pistol and revolver handguns
- $200: Assault weapons (per Connecticut's summary of gun laws and to be determined by police. No newly sawed-off shotguns)
Non-operable guns, BB guns and ammunition were also welcome to be turned in, however, event organizers said no gift cards were given for those items.
For gun owners that wanted to keep their guns and wanted to better secure their weapons, a limited number of biometric gun safes were provided for free, according to event organizers.
Guilford police said they distributed more than 50 gun safes at their event.