NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The New Haven police are trying to put a dent in gun violence. The department’s annual gun buy-back event happened Saturday, April 17.
City officials said Tuesday that 130 guns were collected, including three assault weapons.
The police took unwanted guns at the New Haven Police Academy and gave people a gift card in exchange for their guns.
This was a drive-up/drop-off event; people remained in their vehicles to minimize exposure to COVID-19. And, it was completely anonymous.
New Haven police said getting guns out of the home reduces the risk of suicide, accidental shootings and domestic violence.
The guns collected at the event will be turned into plowshares and gardening tools.
In the 10 years the New Haven police department has held buybacks, they have collected over 1,000 guns. The City and the police department plan to hold another gun buyback event later in the year.