For Immediate Release: 6/13/2017 1:31 pm
Worcester, MA (June 13, 2017) - The City of Worcester will hold a Gun Buyback event in collaboration with UMass Memorial Medical Center and Worcester County District Attorney, Joseph Early, Jr.
Gift cards for groceries will be given for each gun dropped off, in the amounts of: $25 for a long gun; $50 for a pistol or revolver; and $75 for an automatic or semi-automatic weapon. Real-looking replica guns will also be accepted for $25.
In addition to the buyback, people are invited to pick up gun locks free of charge. Gun locks will be distributed to everyone, regardless of whether they turn in a gun. The gun lock giveaway will be held in recognition of National ASK Day (June 21), a day of awareness promoted by the Asking Saves Kids campaign, which promotes the idea of asking about unlocked guns in homes. The gun locks will be provided for by a grant from the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, whose programs are aimed at preventing injury through research, advocacy and education.
The event is open to everyone, regardless of where they live, and is sponsored by the Office of the Worcester County District Attorney, Injury Free Coalition for Kids, UMass Memorial Medical Center, the City of Worcester Police Department and the City of Worcester Division of Public Health.