- Associated Press - Monday, December 9, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police collected 76 firearms during a weekend gun buyback in Hartford.

The Hartford Police Department’s 11th annual Capital Region Gun Buyback Program was held Saturday at the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity.

Authorities collected 30 pistols, 23 revolvers, 11 rifles, 10 shotguns and two assault rifles, organizers said.

People who dropped off guns got a Stop & Shop gift card ranging from $25 to $200 depending on the type of weapon turned in.

“There’s not a strong avenue to get rid of a gun you don’t want so this is a great place where people bring their guns safely and get rid of them anonymously,” Sgt. Chris Mastroianni said.

The event was organized by the Hartford police’s vice and narcotics division and the Hartford Police Range Masters in coordination with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital.

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