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Stamford Gun Buy-Back Nets 54 Weapons & Counting

The program in Stamford has one more week before an event in Norwalk.

Stamford Police have collected 54 weapons over three days of collecting during their gun buy-back initiative.

Three events across three Saturdays have taken place. On Dec. 1, 2012, at the police headquarters, Dec. 15 at the First Congregational Church and Jan. 19 at the Turn of River Fire Department. The total number of weapons collected on those days, respectively, were 13, 24 and 17.

The tally so far includes weapons across the spectrum. The statistics for what has been collected is as follows:

  • 19 revolvers
  • 12 pistols
  • 9 shotguns
  • 9 rifles
  • 2 BB guns
  • 2 swords
  • 1 battle axe

The Stamford police have so far issued $4,350 in gift cards for the weapons collected. Current payout rates for functional weapons are $50 for rifles and shotguns, $75 for handguns and $100 for assault weapons.

The last time a gun buy-back program was hosted in Stamford in 2001, police collected 67 guns over five events for an average of 13.4 guns per day. For the recent buy-backs, Stamford is topping those numbers with 16.3 guns-per-event.

The Stamford Hospital and Charter Oaks Community Center are helping to fund the most recent round of January buy-backs, at the Chester Addison Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Feb. 2, Norwalk police will host their own event.

Thomas Paine January 24, 2013 at 02:05 AM
I am all for buybacks that take guns out of circulation. Many of those surrendering these guns do not have safes or other secured storage so these are that many fewer potential accidents (or worse) out there.

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