Bridgeport to hold gun buyback program

Bridgeport officials say the city is bringing back its gun buyback program. Police will offer up to a $200 for a working handgun and up

BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport officials say the city is bringing back its gun buyback program.

Police will offer up to $200 for a working handgun and up to $400 for an assault rifle.

The first buyback event will be this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Police Training Academy on Newfield Avenue.

Mayor Bill Finch and police will hold a news conference today to discuss the program. 

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Gun Buyback Information

Bridgeport officials announced today they're resuming the city's Gun Buyback program. The next gun buyback will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Police Training Academy, 405 Newfield Ave., Bridgeport. The department tentatively plans to hold several more in November and December. Police will offer up to a $200 for a working handgun. People turning in rifles will receive up to $100. A weapon determined to be an assault rifle will be eligible for up to $400. The department has a "no questions asked" policy that will allow people to turn in weapons anonymously without fear of being prosecuted for illegal gun possession. BB guns and non-working guns will be accepted but won't be eligible cash or a gift card. Gun dealers are not eligible to participate.

People turning in weapons must follow a precise protocol.
1. Firearms MUST be delivered unloaded;
2. Firearms MUST be put in a clear plastic bag and put into another container (gym bag, backpack, etc);
3. If depositing ammunition in addition to a firearm, ammunition must be delivered in separate bag;
4. If transporting the firearm by car, the firearm must be transported in the trunk of the car;
5. After the firearm is screened by officers and determined to be a working firearm, cash or a gift card will be given.
 

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