The Cheshire Police Department, 500 Highland Ave., will hold a gun buyback on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Police chief Neil Dryfe was approached by local organizations about the possibility of the department hosting a buyback. The First Congregational Church and Boulder Knoll Community Farm suggested the event.
“I thought it was a good idea,” said Dryfe. “From the safety aspect of it, an individual or household might have an old shotgun or rifle in the closet, it hasn’t been used, and they need a way to dispose of it safely, rather than keeping it around. It keeps it out of the wrong hands and it’s the safe way to dispose of it.”
The First Congregational Church and Boulder Knoll Community Farm recently hosted Swords to Plowshares Northeast, an organization that transforms guns into garden tools. Swords to Plowshares works with communities to hold gun buybacks; one step in its overall mission to reduce gun violence.
In addition to FCC and Boulder Knoll, other partners in the Nov. 19 gun buyback effort include Chesprocott Health District, Temple Beth David, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and Guns to Gardens.
“The Cheshire gun buyback event shares and expands the transformation of weapons of death to gardening tools that support life and growth,” said Marj Chapman, a member of the Vestry at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
Rules for the Nov. 19 gun buyback, per the Cheshire Police Department, are as follows:
All types of guns will be accepted. Cash payouts will only be given for working guns.
Guns must not be loaded.
If individuals are unfamiliar with the firearm, they should not handle it extensively. All individuals who are turning in firearms should place each firearm in a clear plastic bag and put them in the trunk of their vehicle.
Ammunition should be bagged separately.
This will be a no-contact process, and anonymous. No ID is required.
Individuals will drive in and drive out. Signage will direct individuals to drive to an area where officers then retrieve the firearm from the trunk. Individuals do not get out of their cars.