A four-day gun buyback program collected 255 firearms, according to Acting New London Police Chief Peter Reichard.
Reichard said a total of 159 people exchanged weapons for a total of $20,875 in prepaid gift cards. On Saturday, police collected 35 handguns and 33 long guns. On the program's final day on Sunday, residents turned in 18 handguns, 26 long guns, and an assault weapon.
The final tally of collected weapons was 116 handguns, 120 long guns, and two assault weapons. Police also collected three handguns and 14 long guns which were not eligible for payment but which residents wished to turn in.
The program offered $75 for long guns, $100 for handguns, and $150 for assault weapons. Residents were able to receive payment for up to three weapons.
The New London Police Department administered the buyback, and the weapons will be turned over to the Connecticut State Police for destruction. The program was funded through private donations and donations from civic and religious organizations, including the New London County Clergy Association and New London County Bar Association.
Also on Sunday, Governor Dannel Malloy announced that he will meet with Reichard and Mayor Daryl Finizio today on his proposals to prevent gun violence. The meeting will begin at 11:15 a.m.