The Capital Region Gun Buyback (CRGB) program held last Saturday, May 18, at the Community Renewal Team headquarters on Windsor Street brought in a collection of over 82 firearms including two derringers, 16 pistols, 32 rifles, 16 shotguns and one assault rifle.
The CRGB has collected a total of 263 guns over the past six months.
“This was another great collaboration that demonstrates the community working together to remove unwanted firearms from being used in crimes, shootings and other activities that harm and kill people,” said Dr. David S. Shapiro, trauma surgeon from Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and co-organizer of the collaborative Capital Region Gun Buyback Coalition. "As we've observed at previous buybacks, the guns turned in today were very similar to the crime guns being confiscated by the Hartford Police. Today's buyback was a success, and we will continue to use this program as an integral part of our collaborative public health approach to preventing firearm violence in Connecticut," said Dr. Brendan Campbell, pediatric trauma surgeon at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and co-organizer of the collaborative Capital Region Gun Buyback Coalition.
Saturday’s buyback was sponsored by: Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, City of Hartford, Hartford Police Department, Hartford State’s Attorney’s Office, Stop and Shop Corporation, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Community Renewal Team, Emergency Nurses Association of Connecticut, Lamar Advertising and Marketing, The Hartford Police Department’s Faith Based Initiative and Mother’s United Against Violence.