Food for Guns: Somerville resident gun buyback event August 16

On August 15, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

police_station_webTrade in firearms and rifles, license or unlicensed— for grocery store gift certificates

The City of Somerville Police Department, in conjunction with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department, will hold a gun and ammunition buyback event on August 16, 2014, where Somerville residents can trade in their unwanted firearms or rifles for grocery gift certificates. This important community service will offer residents the opportunity to properly dispose of firearms to help keep the community safe. This is a no-questions-asked event that puts safety first. Unlicensed residents who turn in weapons will not be prosecuted for the crime of unlawful possession of a weapon.

This is how it works: on Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. officers will be on hand to accept any and all hand guns, rifles, shotguns, working or non-working, antique or modern, registered or not, for safe storage and disposal. The event takes place in the front lobby of the Public Safety Building, 220 Washington Street, Somerville, Massachusetts.

Residents are asked to bring the unloaded firearm, or any ammunition, in a clear sealed plastic bag or box. Residents are asked to transport weapons in the trunk of their vehicle. Officers will be on hand to retrieve non-boxed weapons from vehicles or assist with those not comfortable handling the weapons. The gun will be taken, logged in by the Middlesex Sheriff’s office, and sent out for destruction. Ammunition, BB guns, pellet guns, & and air guns will be accepted, but no incentive will be given.

“Removing unwanted guns from a home can prevent those weapons from falling into the wrong hands and save lives,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “Studies show that having a gun in a home increases the risk of both suicide and of people in that home becoming victims of homicide, including domestic violence. Women living in homes with a gun are three times more likely to be killed in their homes. I thank our Police Department and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office for partnering on this important program to protect our residents.”

“On average, more than 34,000 people are accidentally shot or commit suicide using a firearm each year. I believe that providing residents with a safe way to dispose of firearms they no longer want can help reduce these numbers,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “These buybacks also encourage dialogue among those involved about ways to make our communities safer.”

“This program has been a successful in other communities and I am sure there are unwanted firearms in attics and basements around Somerville. These guns may have been left by deceased family members, by those who have moved away, or others who simply don’t want them around. The buyback event provides our residents a way to safely dispose of these unwanted guns,”said Somerville’s Interim Police Chief Charles Femino.

No questions will be asked at the event and no identification is required. Amnesty will be extended for gun law violations for Somerville residents traveling to this event between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on August 16, 2014.

What: Somerville Gun Buyback
Where: Somerville Police Headquarters, 220 Washington Street
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


3 Responses to “Food for Guns: Somerville resident gun buyback event August 16”

  1. SuzieMc says:

    I wonder if they even got 1 gun handed in? I’m all for getting guns out of the hands of criminals as long as these efforts do not infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens to own and legally carry firearms.

    Also, pepper spray? Can we legally buy and carry it now in this state? I heard somewhere they just changed that law. There just seems to be a lot more violent crime and rapes now that the city has been declared a safe-haven for criminals/illegals. So I am looking for some way to protect myself and my family. Maybe I will get a permit to carry, but in the meantime I’d like to at least get pepper spray. Does anyone know where one can get a gun or pepper spray locally (walking distance – I don’t like to drive)? Roachs is gone now I see over on Mass ave.

  2. JohnnieJazz says:

    Suzie – a woman who gets it! Remember “When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.” and my personal motto “I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy”. Get some training, get your LTC and then pick up a nice sub-compact that you can handle comfortably. A gun is just a tool, so you need to know how to handle them safely, but once you do it’s a great thing.

    It is good to see a woman take charge of her own safety. Bravo! More should do it.

  3. PixiePocahontas says:

    Pepper spray is illegal, ask any statie, take a self defense class, that’s what they will tell you.

    You cannot carry a concealed weapon– again this is illegal.
    Unless you want to do time in an orange jumper.

    Maybe time to brush up on the laws, so much for being the expert.

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