FRAMINGHAM – In its first-ever gun buy-back program, the Framingham Police and Middlesex Sheriff’s office collected 174 guns, including rifles, a half dozen assault weapons, and even a grenade.
“It was a very successful program” said Chief Ken Ferguson. “We ran out of gift cards.”
Police had $8,000 worth of gift cards when they started at 10 a.m.
Police Chief Ferguson said vouchers were given to come back for a gift card, before noon. The event ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DPW building on Western Avenue.
Framingham Police, Middlesex Sheriff’s Department, Framingham Interfaith Clergy Association, Metro West Health Foundation , and other community partners teamed up to get guns off the streets in town. Those who turned in a weapon or ammunition was given a gift card or voucher.
- $300 gift card Assault Weapon
- $150 gift card Revolver, Handgun, Semi-Automatic, Shotgun, Rifle
- $50 gift card BB Gun, Pellet Gun, Ammunition
It was a no questions, no ID program, and the first for the Town of Framingham.
“We took a lot of weapons off the street today,” said Ferguson.
The chief said each gun will be checled to make sure it was not involved in a crime, and then all the guns would be destroyed.
Photos courtesy of Framingham Police.