A gun buyback program is taking place this weekend in Hartford. It’s the fourth year city officials and the hospitals are taking part in an effort to get unwanted guns off the streets.
Last year, over 200 guns were collected. Those turning their unwanted firearms into the Community Renewal Team on Windsor Street Saturday are then issued gift cards.
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra says the buyback dovetails with other efforts like the city’s shooting task force and Project Longevity launched this week in New Haven.
Dr. Brendan Campbell, director of pediatric trauma at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, says too often guns fall into the hands of a youngster. Organizers ask that the firearms turned in are unloaded, placed in plastic, and then placed in a paper bag or cardboard box.
The guns are then destroyed, unless it’s been determined through forensics that a weapon was used to commit a crime.