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More than 125 firearms taken off the street as part of Bridgeport gun buyback program

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Officials in Bridgeport said more than 125 firearms were taken off the streets during a buyback program on Sunday.

It was held at the Bridgeport Police Department’s Community Services Division on Sylvan Avenue.

A total of 127 firearms were bought.

“Taking action against gun violence and the use or trafficking of illegal guns has always been, and remains, a top priority for me and my administration,” said Mayor Bill Finch.

Finch said the city’s gun buyback program took more than 1,000 guns off the streets since it was initiated in 2012.

The last time the program was offered on July 18, more than 100 guns and five assault weapons were accepted.

“Guns that are purchased as part of this program can never be used to hurt or kill ever again,” he said. “I strongly believe that this effort has saved lives and has made Bridgeport a safer place for kids and families. Even if this program saves one life, it is money well spent.”

Up to $200 is offered for a working handgun. For rifles, it’s $100. A weapon considered to be an assault rifle may be eligible for up to $400.

“Every gun that is turned in is a gun that won’t end up on the street in the hands of a criminal or in the hands of a child who could accidentally injure himself or someone else,” said Chief Joseph Gaudett, Bridgeport police.

Finch said the program is but one facet of the police department’s strategy to reduce violence and illegal gun use in the city.

He said the police department added additional walking beats and plans to add an extra 100 officers in the next 18 to 24 months.

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