Experts Spark Dialogue on Controversial Public Health Issues

Gun Buyback Event Aims to Prevent Firearm Injuries, Deaths

While many people think having a gun at home will keep them safe, experts and policymakers agree that firearms in the home are dangerous. If you have a gun in your home, it is much more likely to be used to kill you or another loved one than it is to be used on someone who poses a threat.

Hartford Hospital hosted a gun buyback event in partnership with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, the Hartford Police Department and the Community Renewal Team in 2018. The buyback was designed to combat preventable injuries and deaths by encouraging people to remove unsecured and unwanted guns from their homes.

Dr. Daniel Freess, an emergency physician at Hartford Hospital and president of the Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians, joined Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, and Mayor Luke Bronin for a press conference to discuss the risks posed by accidental firearm injuries.