May 15, 2013
Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney along with the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association are supporting a "Gun Buy-Back" program in Hartford on Saturday, May 18th.
The city's three trauma centers, law enforcement and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association are urging gun owners to hand over their unwanted firearms in exchange for grocery money.
The latest event for the growing Capitol Region Gun Buy-Back program is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18th at the Community Renewal Team headquarters, 555 Windsor Street in Hartford.
Stop & Shop gift cards will be the currency: $150 for an assault rifle, $75 for a handgun and $25 for a shotgun or rifle.
Ammunition and inoperable firearms can also be anonymously turned in but aren't eligible for a reward, police said. Every gun received Saturday will be destroyed unless forensic testing indicates that one was used in a crime.
The program, in its fifth year, began with a push from Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford Hospital and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, where physicians viewed the deaths from accidental shootings, youth suicide and street gunfire as a public health crisis. Guns not safely stored are ending up in the wrong hands, they said.
The broad coalition includes the Connecticut Emergency Nurses Association, Injury Free Coalition for Kids, Connecticut Public Health Association, the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Mothers United Against Violence.
Two more gun buy-backs are planned for August and December. CTTransit has committed to advertising the events on its buses, Mulroy said Monday, and an advertising company has also donated its services. A billboard promoting the program has been seen on I-91.
The Connecticut Trial Lawyers are donating $10,000 to help fund Saturday's event. That extra money, Mulroy said, allowed the coalition to raise the gift card amount for assault rifles from $75 to $150.
Note: Excerpts of article taken from the Hartford Courant.