NORWALK, Conn. - Norwalk will host a gun buyback event at police headquarters on Feb. 2, Chief Thomas Kulhawik announced Wednesday.
"We're hopeful that this will be effective in taking some guns off the street. Even if it's just one or two, that's still something. Those guns can't be stolen, can't get lost or sold to someone else," Kulhawik said.
Police will issue VISA gift cards in exchange for functioning guns. They will also accept non-functioning weapons, but not will not issue gift cards for them.
The event is being paid for by an anonymous donation of $5,026 made in honor of the victims of Sandy Hook. The donation was made with the expressed purpose of hosting a gun buyback. Kulhawik is hopeful that there may be more donations made for the event.
Kulhawik said that they are modeling their program after Stamford, which recently hosted two buyback events and is planning two more for the month of January.
Details of the event, including guidelines and times, will be released in the next week.