Hartford Gun Buyback Sees A Record 207 Firearms Turned In – Hartford Courant

A gun buyback organized by city police and several organizations netted record numbers Saturday.

All told, citizens turned in 207 firearms, including 35 rifles, 60 pistols and 40 shotguns, according to Sgt. Steve Austin, a member of the department’s special operations group. Those guns will be broken down and turned into gardening implements, thanks to a partnership with the Newtown Action Alliance.

“Generally, the public is becoming more receptive to our efforts,” Austin said. “I think they’re starting to see the value in these gun buybacks, and the number of people who attended today is indicative of that.”

The event, held at the Johnson Stewart Community Center in the North End, officially began at 10 a.m., but eager attendees started lining up an hour early, according to Austin.

The buyback, a collaborative effort between police, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Compass Youth Collaborative and Mothers United Against Violence saw the guns exchanged for gift cards in various denominations. So many people participated that the organizers ran out of the cards—nearly $32,000 worth of them— and had to provide IOUs to the later arrivals.

During the event, a group of children participating in a gun awareness program organized by Hartford Communities That Care visited the community center, Austin added.

“We showed them that these are the weapons that are affecting people’s lives, and that if they see them, to tell someone right away,” he said. “It was a powerful teaching moment, and I think it really drove the point home for them.”

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