The Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut has secured nearly $100,000 for a gun buyback program that will launch on Friday, making it the city’s largest-ever attempt to collect and destroy firearms.
Bridgeport is just under 20 miles from Newtown, Connecticut, where a shooting claimed the lives of 27 people just last week. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said he was launching the buyback to avoid situations like the one in Newtown:
“Following last week’s tragedy, it has become a national priority to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals,” Finch said. “Chief Gaudett and I are encouraging city residents to turn in their guns so they don’t fall into the wrong person’s hands.”
Police said they would offer $200 for a working handgun, and people turning in rifles would get $75.