Town of Hamden’s first-ever gun buyback event breaks record

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HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The town of Hamden held its first gun buyback event Feb. 15. The number of firearms turned in broke a record.

149 guns were turned in. That number broke the record for any gun buyback sponsored by Yale New Haven Hospital in the region.

Several hundred rounds of ammunition were also handed in, as well as bb and pellet guns. One person even brought a sword.

The goal was to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands, as well as to promote gun safety and safe storage. The police department even offered a limited amount of free car and gun locks to gun owners who stopped by.

People turned in their unwanted guns safely in exchange for gift cards at the Hamden Police Department.

Hamden Police Chief John Cappiello said, “We started planning it about 10 months ago and so far it’s been very successful.”

Over 100 guns were collected in just the first two hours of the event.

The Swords into Plowshares program was also there to melt down some of the gun parts and transform them into gardening tools.

WEB EXTRA: Swords into Plowshares program melts down turned-in swords

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