NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The New Haven Police Department participated in the annual “Guns to Gardens” Gun Buyback Day Saturday.

The event took place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Haven Police Training Academy.

Each year, over 39,000 Americans die from gun violence, averaging about 100 people a day. Officials say 58.8% of those deaths are a result of suicide, with gun access tripling the risk for suicide.

The Gun Buyback was 100% anonymous and all guns were accepted. To receive cash, New Haven residents must turn in operable guns. Ammunition was also be accepted but no cash was given.

Cash payouts for working guns firearms were as follows: 

  • Rifles, Shotguns, or Derringer-type guns- $50
  • Handguns (Revolvers & Pistols)- $150
  • Assault Weapons (as determined by NHPD)- $250
  • BB, Pellet, Paint & Air-Powered Guns- $10
  • Ammunition will be accepted but no payment will be given

Nationally, gun buyback programs aim to prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands such as children and criminals.

For gun owners who didn’t wish to turn in their weapons but want to increase security, free gun locks will were available.