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New London County Gun Buyback Program To Start In March

New London Mayor Daryl Finizio announced initiative to be funded by private donations Thursday.

New London County will conduct a gun buyback program on two weekends in March, New London Mayor Daryl Finizio announced Thursday.

The collection will take place on March 2-3 as well as March 9-10 at the Truman Street police substation. Residents from all of New London County may turn in firearms in exchange for a prepaid credit card.

The program will give out $75 for rifles or shotguns, $100 for handguns, and $150 for assault weapons. The effort is not limited to New London residents, and people from the region may participate in the buyback program or make monetary donations toward it.

Finizio said people turning in weapons will not be prosecuted for minor offenses such as owning a firearm without a permit, but the serial numbers of guns that are turned in will be checked to see if they were involved in major crimes.

“This is not a general amnesty program,” said Finizio.

Finizio said the New London County Bar Association as well as ministers with the New London County Clergy Association have pledged to support the effort. The New London County Bar Association has set a goal of raising $25,000 for the effort.

Finizio said the rate of gun violence in New London exceeded the national rate between 2003 and 2010, with 76 percent of the murders in the city committed with firearms in those years as opposed to the national rate of 67.2 percent.

“If we can reduce the number of guns on the streets of New London, it is absolutely certain that we will save lives,” he said.

Rev. Carolyn Patierno, the minister at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, said the buyback effort is welcome in the wake of last month’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

“In the aftermath of this tragedy, we feel the urgency to move forward on this issue,” said Patierno.

Deputy Chief Peter Reichard of the New London Police Department will coordinate the effort, and further information on the times and procedures involved in the buyback will be issued by the police department. Any guns collected in the effort will be turned over to the Connecticut State Police to be destroyed once they have been checked and catalogued.

The New London City Council referred the question of implementing a gun buyback program to the Public Safety Committee earlier this month. Finizio said the program will not require final approval from the council since it will be funded by donations rather than public funds, and that he informed councilors about the program and did not receive any objections.

Chris Baker, a research intern in the mayor’s office and 2012 graduate of New London High School, compiled the information on gun data. Baker is currently studying political science at University of Connecticut.

Tax deductible donations toward the gun buyback program may be made in person at New London City Hall or by mailing the mayor’s office at 181 State Street, New London, CT, 06320.

Waterford Guy January 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM
I'm sure the criminals will be lining up in record numbers to turn in thier guns, (sarc) especially now that they know the serial numbers will be run. $150 for a $1,200 assault rifle? what a great deal! If the NRA had half a brain, they would set up something like this, but just have authorized FFL dealers transfer the guns from the owner who doesn't want them, to a person who is willing to pay what the firearm is really worth, and then a person could get closer to the true market value for thier firearm.
Daniella Ruiz January 25, 2013 at 02:36 PM
i have to say this, the buyback program is wonderful in political terms, but foolish in reality. wtfd guy, >>> i agree with you completely, even if momma knows where sonny boy's piece is hidden inside his mattress, takes it and gets some money for beer, peanuts and rents a few DVDs, he's only going to find another one and a better place to hide it. and if you have ever seen the heap of what gets turned in, you know most legal buyers won't want those relics, rusted, worn, damaged or other, in plainly dangerous condition. i can only imagine the thugs go about hustling up the worst ones and 'trade up' with the cash they get when they turn the junky ones in. '-))
Jay Smolko January 25, 2013 at 03:36 PM
The fact that everyone is still pushing the assault weapons ban on the back of Sandy Hook is appalling. The AR15 was NOT used at all. They lied about it long enough to push legislation and sign executive orders. I don't trust the news, autorities, and most of all my government. I believe that is the definition of tyranny.
Bill W January 25, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Jay Smolko, you are terrifyingly stupid, painfully ignorant and absurdly paranoid. As anyone who lives in reality know, all 26 kids and teachers Were murdered with the Bushmaster rifle. Every. Single. One. Of course, your brain is so muddled with conspiracy theory and childish fantasy, nothing short of joining the autopsies of 26 murdered women and children would convince you otherwise. Your fear of “executive orders,” fueled by the lunatic fringe like Alex Jones, also has no basis in actual fact. Let me guess, you’re an Agenda 21 Nutter too, right? You and those like you have created this dangerous self-fulfilling prophecy of hate, fear and lies – that is, you hatred of those not like you, your deranged fear of non-existent government programs and the lies of InfoWars and Glen Beck have progressed to such a point of insanity that the government has started to take notice of preppers and gunnies and generally any wackadoo that lives in CONNECTICUT, not Modadishu, and declares a “god given right” to own tools of mass murder. Find me a story about someone “protecting” his house and family with an AR-15. You, sir, are pathetic. 26 dead women and children hate you from the grave for your dispensing of lies and utter nonsense. Lastly, anti-buybackers, check in on how Australia's program worked and get back to us.
William Morey February 16, 2013 at 09:04 PM
stupid. They steal the guns and turn them in. Easy money.
farm guy February 16, 2013 at 09:53 PM
And the threat of tyranny is exactly why our founding fathers believed that the citizens should have weapons equal to the govt. The ability to take on our govt. is the reason for the second amendment. It is one of 10 amendment of the Bill of Rights designed to protect us from our leaders.

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