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Stamford Police Department Hosts Gun Buyback Program

You can drop off unwanted guns or violent video games Saturday at the Stamford Police Westside Substation.
You can drop off unwanted guns or violent video games Saturday at the Stamford Police Westside Substation. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Stamford Police Department continues its effort to reduce violent crime within the city by hosting its sixth Gun Buyback since the program was revived in late 2012.

The program will be on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Stamford Police Westside Substation, 400 W. Main St.

The department will accept both operational and nonoperational firearms and other types of dangerous weapons along with ammunition, carrying cases and holsters. In addition, the department will accept violent video games, movies and software.

Gift cards will be given for operational firearms, ranging from $75 up to $150, while supplies last.

"The purpose of the program is to provide individuals with a safe and legal way to dispose of unwanted firearms and ammunition from homes and businesses before they can inflict an accidental injury or be stolen and used in a crime," the Police Department said in a statement. "The program also gives families a place to dispose of material that contains violent content."

Here are additional rules for the gun buyback program:

  • All firearms must be unloaded.
  • Weapons should be transported in a vehicle’s trunk.
  • If carrying by hand, place the firearm in a bag or a box.
  • Ammunition should be transported in a container separate from any firearm.
  • The program is open to both Stamford residents and nonresidents.
  • Businesses and gun dealers do not qualify.
  • Firearms considered to be junk will not be accepted.

This event is sponsored by the Stamford Police Foundation and the New Hope Apostolic Church.

If you have questions or are interested in sponsoring future programs, contact Joseph Steyer at 203-977-4916.

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