Buyback Nets 73 Guns

An AK pistol. An AR-15 assault rifle. And a “Street Sweeper” shotgun.

Those were three of the 73 guns police recovered in 2014’s first gun buyback event Saturday.

With the help of an $8,000 grant from Yale-New Haven Hospital, the city gave away $75 and $150 gift cards to people who dropped off guns Saturday at the New Haven police academy on Sherman Avenue.

Police will hold a second buyback on Saturday July 12 at Radio Amor at 261 Portsea St.

In other police news, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:

Shot In The Foot: On Sunday, the day after the gun buyback event, a man showed up at the hospital after he was shot in the foot. The 21-year-old told police he’d been shot during an attempted robbery. Police found no evidence of any such robbery.

Bank Robbery: Robbers hit the First Niagara Bank on Fountain Street in Westville Friday—the second robbery there in little over a month.

Two masked gunman entered the bank and demanded money from tellers. They made off in a white Toyota Corolla, with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Robbers hit the same bank branch on May 23. Police have no evidence that the incidents are related.

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posted by: LookOut on June 30, 2014  8:59pm

I’d certainly like to see less violence and crime on our street but this is a PR stunt. 

If I’‘m one of the ‘bad guys’, this certainly doesn’t entice me to hand in a weapon.  In fact, it might entice ‘bad guys’ to rob those who have some weapons - keep the good ones to use and turn in the rest at the next buy back. 

Very out of touch with the real world.