- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Bridgeport officials are organizing a gun buyback program in the wake of recent firearm violence.

Officials say the city’s gun buyback program kicks off Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. at the Bridgeport Police Department.

The program, aimed at getting illegal guns off the street, allows people to drop off a weapon and get money for it. Gun dealers are not eligible to participate.

It will pay $200 for a working handgun and $400 for an assault rifle- with no questions asked.

Nine people were shot last month in Bridgeport, including one death.

Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. says the program is a tool to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.

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