Each year, Connecticut Children's participates in a unique partnership designed to make our community safer for our children and families. The Gun Buyback, a collaboration between Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, CRT, the City of Hartford, the Hartford Police Department, the Office of the Hartford State's Attorney, and the Emergency Nurses Association, seeks to raise awareness about responsible and safe ownership of firearms kept in the home.
A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to kill a family member or friend than to kill an intruder. With gun ownership comes the responsibility of storing guns locked, unloaded and inaccessible to kids. Gun buyback programs in other cities continue to pull in hundreds of unwanted firearms, potentially keeping these firearms out of the hands of those who are not legally able to have firearms, young children, or those whose mental health condition puts them at risk for suicide.
The 4th Annual Gun Buyback was held in December 2012 and collected 179 working firearms, 145 handguns and 34 rifles/shotguns. Over $10,000 in gift cards were given to those turning in these unwanted firearms. In the last four years, the Gun Buyback program has collected 464 firearms at gun buyback events in Hartford.
Your contribution to the Gun Buyback Fund will be used to help pay for additional gun buyback events in 2013. The next gun buyback in Hartford is scheduled for December 7, 2013 at the Community Renewal Team, 555 Windsor Street, Hartford, CT from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
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