Hamden "Gun Buy Back"
Hamden – The Hamden Police Department, Town of Hamden, Yale New Haven Hospital’s Injury and Violence Prevention Program, and the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of New Haven will hold Hamden’s first gun buyback event on Saturday, February 15th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Hamden Police Department, 2900 Dixwell Avenue.
The gun buyback is being held in the spirit of public safety and prevention to make our homes and community safer. The buyback provides an opportunity for people to anonymously and safely dispose of unwanted and unsecured guns in exchange for gift cards. The goal is to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands, such as those of children, suicidal people, perpetrators of domestic violence, and criminals.
The event will also promote gun safety and safe storage. For gun owners who want to keep their guns but seek to better secure their weapons, a limited supply of free gun locks and car safes (with valid pistol permit) will be provided at the event.
The gun buyback is 100% anonymous, no questions asked, and it will take place in a safe and secure location. Guns must be delivered unloaded in clear plastic bags, and any ammunition must be delivered in a separate bag. The person dropping off the gun will not be charged with illegal possession of that specific firearm.
The Hamden Police Department will be managing the site and handling the guns. The Connecticut State Police will destroy the collected guns, which will then be donated to the Swords into Plowshares program to be recycled and transformed into gardening tools.
We are actively seeking donations to fund the gun buyback. To make a tax deductible donation to the YNHH Injury and Violence Prevention Program, please Download the YNHH Contribution Form. Contribution forms can also be requested from any of the contacts listed. Please also return completed contribution forms to the contacts listed.
The buyback will provide gift cards (American Express, Stop & Shop, & Amazon), while supplies last, to those who turn in a working firearm.
- $25 Single & double-shot (Derringer style) handguns
- $50 Rifles and Shotguns
- $100 Pistols and Revolvers (Handguns)
- $200 Assault Weapons (to be determined by HPD)
Mayor Curt Leng commented, “The Gun Buyback is a major prevention effort to help keep our community safe. It will allow for the anonymous and safe disposal of potentially dangerous firearms before they become part of an unexpected tragedy.”
Dr. Pina Violano, Manager of the Yale New Haven Hospital’s Injury and Violence Prevention Program, commented, “Firearm injuries are a real public health concern both locally and nationally. We are continually working with community partners both locally and statewide to reduce firearm injuries and improve the overall safety for residents in the communities we serve.”
Police Chief John Cappiello commented, “We want to prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands. Guns are commonly targeted in burglaries, so we want to proactively get unwanted and unsecured guns out of homes. We particularly want to give family members of deceased gun owners, or of gun owners suffering from dementia, an opportunity to safely dispose of those guns.”
Adam Sendroff, Community Development Manager, commented, “Every gun collected in the buyback prevents that gun from getting into the wrong hands. It can never be involved in an accident, used in a suicide, used in an incident of domestic violence, used in a homicide, or other crime.”