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Worcester gun buyback program nets 115 weapons

December 12, 2011
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WORCESTER, Mass.—The Worcester Police Department's annual gun buyback program brought in 115 weapons this year, the second straight year of decreased returns.

The program, which offers gift cards in exchange for weapons, yielded 193 guns last year.

Authorities tell The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/s9Tt7J) this year's offer of Wegmans gift cards in exchange for weapons brought in 45 rifles, 48 pistols and 22 semiautomatic weapons (either rifles or pistols).

Dr. Michael Hirsh of UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center says the program is a partnership between the hospital, the Department of Public Health, Worcester police, the district attorney's office, the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Worcester and Wegmans.

The program has collected 2,165 guns over 10 years.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette, http://www.telegram.com

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