New Haven planning gun buyback program

Guns surrendered at a buyback event are displayed on a table (file).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– New Haven is making another move to get guns off the street with a gun ‘buyback’ program. The question is will it really make a difference?

For many people who live in New Haven, they’ve taken notice of all the gun violence in recent weeks.

“You’re worried, you’re really worried about your children, their well-being,” said Dominique O’Bryan, New Haven.

The shootings have lead to people being badly injured or killed. City leaders are now looking for ways to curb this violence.   new haven shooting

One of the ideas is to have a gun buyback program.

“If the gun is available, it can be used. If it’s not available, it can’t be. That’s why we do gun buyback programs,” said Officer David Hartman, New Haven Police Department.

Officer David Hartman says the buyback program is still in the planning stages.

Here’s how it works: people are able to turn in their guns, no questions asked. They’re then given a gift card of some sort as an incentive. After being checked to see whether or not they were involved in a crime, the guns are then destroyed.

“That’s a really good idea. If it works hopefully the crime rate will go down. Maybe, maybe not, it’s something to start with,” said O’Bryan.

In the past the city has had several buy back programs which in total have netted more than 240 guns.

“That’s 242 completely operational, able to be used in the commission of a crime guns,” said Hartman.

“If you do have a gun, get it off the street. I mean older people, younger people, there’s a lot of kids taking each others’ lives for no reason,” said O’Bryan.

City officials say right now the buyback program is being planned for next month. News 8 will let you know the date as soon as it’s announced.

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