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Waterbury's Own Gun Buyback Program Launched

The Waterbury Police Department has organized a “Gun Buyback Program” for June 22, 2019. This program will take place at the Waterbury Training Division located at 240 Bank Street from 10 am to 2 pm. The Waterbury Gun Buyback Program will reward the voluntary surrender of firearms, while engaging our community towards the common goal of reducing gun violence and reducing the tragedy associated with unwanted guns in homes.

Weapons brought to the Waterbury Police Department Training Division should be unloaded and placed in a clear plastic bag inside a paper bag or box. There is no limit to the number of firearms that can be turned in by individuals, however in order to qualify for a gift card the weapon must be in working condition when surrendered. Persons will be given a $25.00 gift card for a shotgun or rifle, a $100.00 gift card for a handgun or revolver, and a $200.00 gift card for an assault rifle. All gift cards will be for “Stop & Shop”. Non-working firearms will be accepted but do not qualify for a gift card. Once a firearm is surrendered to the Gun Buyback Program, it becomes property of the Waterbury Police Department and will not be returned. Waterbury Police officers will take each gun, verify serial numbers to determine ownership – or if a gun is stolen. Stolen guns may be returned to their owners. The remaining guns would be taken into property at the police department and scheduled for destruction.

Special thanks to Marjan, Inc., Saint Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury Hospital, and Waterbury PAL for your generous support and assistance in making this “Gun Buy Back Program” possible. Firearm violence is a major public health problem, and removing unwanted guns from the community prevents children or criminals from accessing these weapons. Anyone with an unwanted gun can help make your community safe by turning it in on June 22, 2019, no questions asked.
For more information please contact the Waterbury Police Community Relations Division at communityrelations@wtbypd.org or 203-574-6962.


Approved by Neil M. O'Leary. Paid for by O'Leary 2019, Tracy DiGiovancarlo, Treasurer