FRAMINGHAM – Led by the Framingham Police, Middlesex Sheriff’s Department, Framingham Interfaith Clergy Association, Metro West Health Foundation and other Community Partners are teaming up and introducing a town-wide “Gift Cards for Guns” initiative on Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This public health and public safety event will provide residents with an opportunity to anonymously and safely dispose of their unwanted firearms and, in turn, reduce the potential for an accidental discharge or wrongdoing in a home.
The is is the town-s first-ever gun buy back program.
Gift Cards for Guns drop-off location will provide a safe, convenient way for participants to drop off unwanted guns with a NO Questions asked and NO ID required. The drop-off location is: Framingham Department of Public Works, 100 Western Avenue, Framingham.
Framingham Police and Middlesex Sheriff’s Department will be managing the site and handling the guns turned in, and the State Police will destroy the guns. For added convenience, the Framingham Police will be available to pick-up firearms at a Framingham residence, if interested participants are not able or have concerns about physically dropping off unwanted firearms. To schedule a pickup, please call 508-872-1212.
As an incentive to participate, residents will be awarded gift cards for each firearm they turn into public safety officers on the day of the event. The values range depending on the firearm type:
- $300 gift card Assault Weapon
- $150 gift card Revolver, Handgun, Semi-Automatic, Shotgun, Rifle
- $50 gift card BB Gun, Pellet Gun, Ammunition
For those who cannot attend the event, gift cards will be honored if pickups are scheduled during the week following the October 29 Gift Cards for Guns event.
We ask all participants to bring firearms unloaded and safe to the drop-off location. We further ask that all firearms be placed in a bag, box or case and placed in the backseat or the trunk of your vehicle. When you enter the drop-off location the day of the event, volunteers will provide further instructions upon entering to help expedite the process. Again, this is a 100% Anonymous event with NO ID or NO Questions being asked.
Unwanted and unsecured firearms in homes pose a serious risk to children, people with mental illness and those at risk from domestic violence.
“More than 19,00 people commit suicide with guns each year and another 16,00 are injured in unintentional shootings. Providing residents with a way to safely dispose of unwanted firearms makes our homes and communities safer”, said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, whose office has been participating in Gun Buy Backs throughout Middlesex County since 2013.
For more information or to volunteer to help on October 29th, contact Sergeant Sean Riley via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (508)532-5923 ext. 4220