Stamford police are hosting their second gun buyback of the year. The department continuing its efforts to keep gun violence in the city at bay.
"Safety being the prime concern. This way a child or somebody that doesn't know how to use it doesn't get their hands on it and you have a tragic accident," said Sergeant Tom Wolff, who leads the firearms unit with the department.
The way it works is individuals can turn in operational, unloaded firearms in exchange for a gift card up to $150.
"This way they have a venue. They come in and for the trouble and time, they get a nice gift card, which is donated by one of our sponsors, and we take care of all the paperwork and the firearm is sent to the state and destroyed," said Wolff.
Police started the program late 2012, before the tragedy in Newtown, as a response to a community concern.
"There was some gun violence incidents in the city and some of the community groups got together and really, the first congregational churn was one of the big groups that was instrumental in starting the program. They raised $1,100 initially," said Officer Joseph Steyer, coordinator of the gun buyback program.
They're hoping to host more gunbuybacks in 2014, but need help fundraising.
"It's a great community service program. We need sponsors. Like I said, the money is all fundraised," said Steyer.
Last year, Steyer says they collected 69 weapons total.
"Which included a couple of swords and a battle axe," said Steyer, "Which, we take those too. Any type of weapon."
If you can't make the gun buyback program event Saturday, and you have firearms or other weapons you want to get rid of, you can call the police department to make arrangements.
The Gun Buy-Back will take place this Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stamford Police Department, 805 Bedford St. Police will also accept ammunition, non-operational firearms, other dangerous weapons and violent games, movies, or computer software.
For more information or to help sponsor the program, call Stamford police at (203) 977-4916.