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Norwich gun buy back nets 101 firearms

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Norwich — The police department's gun buyback program held Sunday “exceeded expectations” with a total of 101 firearms traded for cash and gift cards.

Police collected 17 BB/pellet guns, 47 shotguns/hunting rifles, six assault-style weapons, 30 handguns and one single-shot Deringer-style gun, Norwich Community Policing Unit Officer Robert McKinney said. Police paid out $7,660 in cash for the turned-in weapons and issued $25 Stop & Shop gift cards to the first 20 participants.

Police also gave out about 20 free gun locks during the four-hour program at Dodd Stadium.

The program was funded through $8,700 in donations from local businesses and individuals. McKinney said the Community Policing Unit hopes to hold another gun buyback program next spring if it can raise more money to replenish the fund.


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