The Waterbury police department held a gun buyback program for the public on Saturday.
Police said a total of 81 guns were turned in; 59 of those guns were turned in during the first hour.
They provided Stop & Shop gift cards to those who turned in their unwanted guns.
Police said gun violence is a major problem for public health. The buyback event’s purpose is to remove unwanted guns from the community to prevent children or criminals from accessing them.
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