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Hampden County Gun Buyback Program Breaks Record

GUN BUYBACKSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — As Baystate Medical Center’s Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Kevin Moriarty says he’s seen entirely too many young lives shattered by gun violence. “Some unfortunately, children are small. Sometimes when they’re shot it’s a fatal injury and there’s nothing we can do, and that’s very frustrating,” he said.

It’s why Kevin, like many others at the hospital reached into their own wallets to help fund Hampden County’s gun buyback program.

Folks were able to bring in any firearms they had to the Springfield Police Department, no questions asked. In return, they got a $50 Visa gift card for a functioning weapon or a $100 gift card for an assault rifle. “Guns are on the street in the hands of bad guys. Where do they come from? They come from housebreaks. All these guns that were in people’s houses collecting dust, when someone comes in they’re looking for #1 money, # 2 guns, and bad things happen,” Sgt. John Delaney stated.

The buyback comes at no cost to taxpayers. In addition to Baystate, which contributed $2500 of the $10,000 raised, other sponsors include Convenient Cards, the downtown Sheraton, and other local businesses. However the turnout was so great that police ran out of gift cards.

They were honored with a voucher that can be redeemed later at Convenient Cards downtown. Folks can redeem those vouchers downtown until April 5th.

As to what will become of all of these guns, police say they’ll be destroyed.

In all, 333 guns were collected.

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