NOIRWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Police Department's first gun buyback program collected 18 weapons Saturday, mostly old rifles and revolvers, according to Christopher Holms, a police officer and the department's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) coordinator.
"Mostly old-timers bring them in, but if they pass them on and someone takes them, they could end up in the wrong hands," Holms said.
The guns that were dropped off at police headquarters will be destroyed by the State Police, he said.
Individuals were given Visa gift cards for their guns – $50 for rifles, $75 for revolvers and pistols and $100 for assault rifles. No assault rifles were turned in Saturday.
Dan Hoffkins from Norwalk received a $50 card for a 20-gauge High Standard Supermatic Deluxe shotgun.
"It was my grandfather's gun and he left it to me," Hoffkins said. "I went skeet shooting with friends a few times, but it's not for me and I want to make sure it's responsibly taken care of. It's a good thing they're doing, getting guns off the street, even if they come from homes."