GUILFORD — The Guilford Police Department collected 83 firearms Saturday in a buyback that honored Ethan Song, according to a release from Deputy Chief Butch Hyatt.
Song was a local teen who died after he accidentally shot himself in the head in January 2018. He had gained access to a gun at a friend’s house.
After his death, Ethan Song’s parents, Kristin and Mike Song, became advocates of safe gun storage, pushing for the passage of “Ethan’s Law,” which requires that even unloaded firearms be properly secured in houses occupied by minors. Gov. Ned Lamont visited Guilford earlier this month to celebrate the law, which he recently signed.
The Ethan Miller Song Foundation sponsored Saturday’s buyback, along with Yale New Haven Health’s Injury Prevention Program and the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of New Haven. The buyback ran from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the goal was to take in unwanted guns from the community, according to Sgt. Christopher Massey.
In addition to collecting 46 handguns, 31 rifles, three derringer-type guns and three assault weapons, Guilford police distributed 27 gun safes and 15 trigger locks, Hyatt and Massey said.
In exchange for a firearm, citizens got Visa gift cards; $25 for a single or double shot derringer-type gun, $50 for a rifle, $100 for a handgun and $200 for an assault weapon.
“Residents are also reminded that they can turn in unwanted weapons for destruction to Guilford Police Department at any time,” Massey said.
The Guilford Police Department is located at 400 Church St.