Police will offer money for guns

The Ridgefield Police Department wants your guns.

The department will host a gun-buy program Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Town Highway Department on South Street in an effort to reduce the number of guns in town.

Chief John Roche spearheaded the idea earlier this year, according to Captain Tom Comstock.

“This is something he’s wanted to get done for a while,” Captain Comstock said.

He could not confirm if any local towns have ever hosted a gun-buy program, but he did say this would be the first one in Ridgefield’s history.

Cash will be offered to individuals for unwanted firearms, as well as the disposal of unwanted ammunition.

There will be a no-questions-asked policy to allow people to turn in their weapons without fear of being prosecuted for illegal gun possession, according to a police press release.

Persons turning in their weapon must follow the precise protocol:

  • Firearms must be delivered unloaded
  • Firearms must be put in a clear plastic bag and then put in another container, i.e.: bag, backpack, box, etc.
  • Firearms must be transported in the trunk of the car

Weapons and ammo will be turned over to the Connecticut State Police to be destroyed.

Gun dealers are not eligible to participate in the program.

Prices for exchanged weapons are as follows:

  • Working handgun — up to $200
  • Air rifle, BB gun, antique firearm, non-operational guns — $10.00
  • Working rifle/shotgun — up to $300
  • Pre-ban assault rifle — up to $750
  • Post-ban assault rifle — up to $500
  • Magazine holding over 10 rounds — up to $20

The gun program is funded through private donations. It is a tax-exempt non-profit organization.

Donations can be sent to the Ridgefield Police Department at 76 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT. Checks should be made payable to the Gun Buy Program.

For more information, contact Captain Comstock or Captain Ryan at 203-438-6531.

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  • rdg-oldtimer

    Very interesting. The timing after Ridgebury, coincidental? As long as it is not MY tax money, I can support this program.

  • cosmo p

    Lets see if i have this RIGHT. Put the handgun in the trunk and drive over to the Town Garage. Perfect if you do not have a permit you have just COMMITTED A FELONY. Priceless the town is condoning BREAKING STATE LAW. WONDERFUL!!!

  • cosmo p

    Anyone that has a gun in there possession and that gun is not illegal or involved in a crime they CAN KEEP THEM LEGALLY. So explain to me how a person has an illegal gun in there possession ??? Other than if used in a crime stolen or a non registered so called assault weapon. Someone is not being HONEST HERE!!!!

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