Stamford gun buyback this weekend
STAMFORD - On Saturday, the Stamford police department will be holding a gun buyback event trading gift cards for unwanted firearms.
Anyone wishing to drop off a gun is asked to walk into police headquarters without the weapon and speak to the desk sargent, who will find someone to retrieve the firearm.
Officer Joseph Steyer said $100 will be paid for rifles or shotguns, $125 for handguns and $150 for assault weapons.
The guns must be operable to receive gift cards from Visa, Shop Rite or Target, Steyer said. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The even is open to anyone looking for a safe and legal way to dispose of their unwanted firearms.
All the guns will be turned over to the state for destruction.
This is the first gun buyback the police department has held in nearly three years. In 2014 the department held four gun buyback events and 76 guns were turned in that year, Steyer said.
Anyone looking to rid themselves of a weapon is welcome to go to police headquarters at any time during daytime hours to turn the weapon over and collect a gift card, Steyer said. No one has turned over a fire arm so far this year.
Police will also accept ammunition, non-operational firearms, and other dangerous weapons such as knives, swords and martial arts weapons along with violent games, movies or computer software.
For more information or to help sponsor the program call Stamford Police at (203) 977-5337