SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Law enforcement agencies are coming together for the area’s first gun buyback in about fours years.
The buyback, which is being coordinated by Springfield Police and the Hampden County District Attorney’s office, is slated for 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at police headquarters on Pearl Street.
Anyone from Hampden County can turn in their gun.
Critics of gun buybacks say they don’t stop criminals.
Sgt. Delaney says these buybacks limit how criminals could get guns. He explains most illegal guns come from house breaks.
“If they turn them in on the buyback these are guns that can’t be stolen and can’t get out there to the people that don’t have licenses that are out their robbing and shooting people,” said Sgt. Delaney.
Several local businesses donated a total of $10,000 to fund the buyback. Police will be giving $50 per gun and $100 for an assault rifle.
It’s anonymous and you won’t be prosecuted if you don’t have a gun license, according to Sgt. Delaney.
The last buyback occurred in several Hampden County towns back in May 2009.
“Last time we did it we got over a hundred guns, which that’s a hundred less guns are out there that could get in the hands of somebody that’s evil,” said Sgt. Delaney.
If you can’t make it to the event or do not want to transport your weapons police will make arrangements to pick them up.
Plans for gun buybacks in Hampshire and Franklin Counties are still being considered.
“We have not made any plans to do a gun buy-back but will be discussing the possibility with law enforcement and community partners. Before making any plans, we’ll determine the public safety need and benefits, as well as identifying funding for safe disposal,” said Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan.