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Gun buyback nets 80 firearms in Arlington Saturday

Posted by Brock Parker  October 1, 2013 01:40 PM

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A gun buyback led by the Arlington Police Department and local churches took in 80 weapons Saturday. Photo courtesy Arlington Police.

Arlington residents turned over a total of 80 firearms, including pistols, shotguns, rifles and two assault rifles during a gun buyback event led by local churches and police Saturday.

buyback2.png“This is an excellent example of what we can accomplish when members of the community and law enforcement partner together in an effort to solve complex problems,” said Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan in a press release about the buyback Tuesday.

The buyback at the Town’s Department of Public Works yard on Grove Street was the first of its kind in Arlington with local churches such as the Park Avenue Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Calvary Church United Methodist, Trinity Baptist Church and First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington assisting Arlington Police and the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office.

The buyback issued gift cards donated by local businesses in exchange for the unwanted firearms and ammunition.

The weapons will be disposed of, according to Arlington Police.

Any residents would like information about what to do with unwanted firearms, or unwanted and unused ammunition, contact Arlington Police Captain Juliann Flaherty at 781-316-3942 or by email at jflaherty@town.arlington.ma.us.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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