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In an effort to help cut down on crime, Stamford Police are encouraging people to turn in firearms in exchange for gift cards to local stores this holiday season.

The Stamford Police Department, in conjunction with First Congregational Church, will hold two Gun Buy Back events during the month of December.

“The idea is to get these dangerous items off the street so you can legally, safely dispose of it,” said Officer Joseph Steyer, who is helping organize the event. Steyer found that 25 percent of all violent crimes in Stamford this year involved firearms.

The first event will be held on Dec. 1 at the Stamford Police Department, located at 805 Bedford Street. The second event will take place at First Congregational Church, located at 1 Walton Pl. on Dec. 15. Both events will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This year’s Gun Buy Back events will be the first in Stamford in 11 years. At the last event in 2001, police collected 67 firearms.

Source: Korey Wilson for The Stamford Times

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