CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (CBS19 News) -- Charlottesville's recent string of deadly shootings prompting city officials to start thinking about a possible strategy to get guns off the street. That includes a gun buyback program.

"If it’s just one gun that is turned in, I will be happy with that, because it is one gun that cannot be used in a crime," said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.

Cities, like Richmond, already used buyback programs successfully. Charlottesville wants to imitate that model.

"Council, I want to acknowledge, as well, that there have been several incidents of gun violence in our community over the last month," said Charlottesville City Manager Michael Rogers.

Charlottesville city is looking for new ways to prevent gun violence. One way they hope to do so is by implementing a new plan of action.

"The coordinator is currently putting together a buyback program," said Rogers.

The city is looking into the legality of that kind of program. People can get money in exchange for turning in their guns.

"Chief Kochis and the men and women of the Charlottesville Police Department to address the recent spike in gun violence," said Rogers.

During his report Monday night and in front of CPD Chief Michael Kochis, Rogers didn't go into specifics about how it'll work. But, ultimately the goal would be to prevent gun violence by reducing the amount of guns in the community.

"As well as reviewing other programs that have seen success in other jurisdictions," said Rogers.

"We want to see as many guns as possible off the streets," said Mayor Stoney.

But under this program, people choose to give back their guns. They don't have to. That's why officials are continuing to look for other ways to get even more guns off the streets.

"They have begun to implement a robust strategy to build community partnerships and to deploy resources where they are needed the most,” said Rogers.

Chief Kochis has assigned a sergeant as a community involvement coordinator whose job it is to look for and start programs to involve the community to address these issues and build trust.