Framingham Police Chief Ken Ferguson is in the process of planning the community’s first-ever gun buyback program, Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin announced to Selectmen last night, July 26.
‘The success of a gun buy back program, depends on many factors, but a strong community partnership in promoting this program and raising funds to support the buy back is crucial.,” said Halpin.
“One of the key stakeholders in many of the gun buy back programs statewide is the faith-based community,” said Halpin, who added he met with Rev. J Anthony Lloyd of the Greater Framingham Community Church to discuss the program.
“The goal is to provide residents with an opportunity to anonymously and safely dispose of unwanted potential for accidental discharge or wrongdoing in a home,” said Halpin.
Chief Ferguson said the program would get guns out of homes, helping to prevent accidental shootings and reduce suicides.
He is looking at an October 2016 date.
Ferguson said the program would allow widows and widowers to remove guns from homes,and help make Framingham homes, especially those with children, safer.