Gun Violence Prevention
The pandemic has worsened the public health crisis of gun violence. Acts of desperation prompted by economic instability and isolation have dramatically increased the threats of domestic violence, homicide and suicide.
The Council has partnered with the Bridgeport Police Department to launch an ongoing gun buyback. Individuals may turn in unwanted firearms in exchange for Stop and Shop and Visa gift cards. Guns may be turned in anonymously. No ID required. No questions asked.
Distribution of Gun Locks and Safes
Individuals may contact the BPD to obtain a free gun lock or gun safe. Safe storage of firearms is required by law in all vehicles and homes where children under 16 reside.
The Council is working with CT Against Gun Violence to help pass two proposed measures in the State Legislature this Spring that would (i) strengthen the Extreme Risk Protection Order Law to prevent suicide and domestic and community violence and (ii) pass the CT Initiative to Prevent Community Gun Violence which would establish a permanent commission to study and implement programs and strategies to reduce urban gun violence. To learn more, visit Legislative Agenda - CT Against Gun Violence (cagv.org)
What can you do?
Here are a few ways that you as the community can help us prevent gun violence in Bridgeport.
Spread the Word
Please post to social media or forward this flyer to those who might be interested in surrendering a firearm or obtaining a gun lock or gun safe.
Contact Your Legislators
Call or email your legislators to let them know that you support the two gun violence prevention initiatives being considered during the 2021 legislative session. To contact your legislators, visit Find State Legislators - CT Against Gun Violence (cagv.org).