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Ridgefield Considers Details Of Possible Gun Buyback Program

There is a possibility that there will be funding for a gun buyback program in Ridgefield, if the Friends of Ridgefield approve the funding addition.
There is a possibility that there will be funding for a gun buyback program in Ridgefield, if the Friends of Ridgefield approve the funding addition. Photo Credit: File Photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. - The Friends of Ridgefield might be adding a bank account in the coming months to help as the Ridgefield Police Department considers whether to start a gun buyback program.

A private donor and Ridgefield Chief of Police John Roche have asked the Friends of Ridgefield to act as the fund holder for the money that would be needed for a gun buyback program.

"In order for the private funder to satisfy the requirement of the foundation that they utilize, they need to have a specific 501," First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the Board of Selectmen at a recent meeting. The town does not qualify. The 501c3 is generally the Friends of Ridgefield, and it would ultimately have to approve the request, he said.

Roche would run the program. Members of the public who be able to donate to the fund.

On The Ridgefield Daily Voice Facebook page, readers were asked whether they would participate in a gun buyback program if it took place. 

"The only person I will be near with a gun is my uncle, who is a cop," posted Melissa Rinaldo-Hillman.

Most people who responded to the Facebook poll said that they didn't own a gun. The others who responded said they wouldn't participate in a gun buyback program.

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