SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — When police asked Hampden County residents to bring the guns they no longer wanted to the Springfield Police Department, they listened. They shattered previous records for any gun buyback program the area has ever had, collecting 333 guns. “Officers that came up to me in the hallway were all saying it was a tremendous job. Credit’s really gotta go to the private sector that stepped up to back fund it,” says Police Sgt. John Delaney.
As one of the sponsors, convenient cards donated the $50 & $100 VISA gift cards to people turning in their old guns.
CEO Greg Caldicott was pleasantly surprised at the turnout, he thought they’d barely see more than 100 people show up. “When we had the opportunity when the Springfield we saw it as an opportunity to help them get involved and facilitate the payments,” explains Caldicott.
It’s because of private companies like convenient cards, that the buyback was even possible, since no tax dollars were used to pay for it. The huge success in getting guns off the street makes Caldicott want to be involved in the next gun buyback.
Now all of those firearms are stored in lockup at the Springfield Police Department. “We’re going through the serial numbers now and what we’re doing is we’re running to see if they were stolen anywhere. If so, we’ll contact the owner to see if they want them back or not. If they don’t all of them will be destroyed,” Sgt. Delaney stated.
If police find any guns with any historical significance, they’ll end up at the Armory in Springfield.
Sgt. Delaney noted that District Attorney Mark Mastroianni is also interested in holding another gun buyback, but they haven’t figured out when just yet.