HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The public had an opportunity to help reduce the chances of gun tragedies, through a gun buyback program.
Getting unwanted guns out of the community dramatically reduces the risk of suicide, accidental gun discharges, domestic violence, and guns getting into the hands of those that will cause harm.
The City of Hartford held its gun buy-back program Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Johnson Stewart Community Center.
The program does not require ID, is “completely anonymous” and people dropping off a gun will not be charged with illegal possession of that “specific firearm,” said Hartford officials. The city gave gift cards for certain guns.
A total of 59 guns were bought back- 41 handguns, 8 rifles, 9 shotguns, and 1 assault rifle. Over $9,000 in gift cards were sold in exchange for the guns.