BOSTON GUN BUYBACK

The 2014 Boston Gun Buy Back Program asks you to turn in your “Piece for Peace” and receive a $200.00 Visa® gift card.

This program will take place beginning March 24, 2014 and run Monday through Friday 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at various designated drop-off sites throughout the city.

If you do not wish to deliver the firearm to a designated site and would like to arrange for a private exchange, call 1-888-GUNTIPS between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. 

The following procedure MUST be followed in order to receive amnesty for possession of a gun, and to receive a gift certificate. If the protocol is followed, the person dropping off the firearm will not be prosecuted for unlawful possession of that specific firearm. Amnesty will not be given for any other crime committed with that firearm or for any other crime committed while in possession of that firearm.

Turn-In Procedure

  1. Gun must be delivered unloaded.
  2. Gun must be put in a clear plastic bag, and put into another container (gym bag, backpack etc.).
  3. If depositing ammunition in addition to a gun, ammunition must be delivered in a separate bag.
  4. If transporting the gun by car, gun must be transported in the trunk of the car.
  5. After the gun is screened by officers, and determined to be a working firearm, a gift card will be given.
  6. Rifles and Shotguns will be accepted, however no incentive will be issued.

Drop-Off Locations

Downtown
District 1
40 New Sudbury St.
617-343-4240

Charlestown 
District 15
10 Vine St.
617-343-4888

East Boston
District 7
69 Paris St.
617-343-4220

Maverick Landing
31 Liverpool St.

617-569-7455

Roxbury/Mission Hill
District 2
2245 Washington St.
617-343-4270

Project Right, Inc.
320 A Blue Hill Ave.
617-541-5454

Dorchester
District 11
40 Gibson St.
617-343-4330

St. Peters Church Parish Office
311 Bowdoin St.
617-282-3614 x2222

Mattapan/Dorchester
District 3
1165 Blue Hill Ave.
617-343-4700

The Ella J. Baker House
411 Washington St.
617-282-6704

Greater Love Tabernacle Church
101 Nightingale St.
617-740-9480

Morning Star Baptist Church
1257 Blue Hill Ave.
617-298-0278

South Boston
District 6
101 West Broadway St.
617-343-4730

BHA, McCormick Development
10 Kemp St.
617-988-5074

South End
District 4
650 Harrison Ave.
617-343-4250

Roxse Homes
1050 Tremont St.
617-442-2551

Allston-Brighton
District 14
301 Washington St.
617-343-4260

West Roxbury/Roslindale
District 5
1708 Centre St.
617-343-4560

Archdale Development 
120 Brookway Rd.
617-635-5256

Jamaica Plain
District 13
3345 Washington St.
617-343-5630

Hyde Square Task Force
375 Centre St.
617-524-8303 x307

Hyde Park
District 18 
1249 Hyde Park Ave.
617-343-5600

Greater Faith Worship Church
175 Wood Ave.
617-361-5479

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the Gun Buyback Program?
A. The gun buyback program is a proactive campaign to take guns off our streets. The buyback program asks city residents to turn-in their gun(s) and in return receive a $200.00 Visa® gift card at designated drop-off locations citywide. The “no questions asked” program will allow individuals to anonymously dispose of firearms without fear of charges for illegal possession when turning in the weapon at a designated drop-off location. 

Q. Why is the community launching this program?
A. This program is a citywide community effort led by neighbors who have been impacted by an increase in gun violence. Taking guns off the street is at the heart of violence prevention and we must do everything we can to put an end to the senseless violence. Every gun turned in to the program is a life potentially saved.

Q. What if I do not want to go to a designated drop-off site?
A. Call the hotline—1-888-GUNTIPS—from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week. An operator will be available to take your call and arrange for a private exchange. 

Q. What is the protocol for turning in a firearm?
A. In order to receive amnesty for illegal possession at the time you turn in the weapon, protocol MUST be precisely followed. The protocol includes:

  • Guns MUST be delivered unloaded.
  • Guns MUST be put in a clear plastic bag and put into another container (gym bag, backpack, etc.).
  • If depositing ammunition in addition to a gun, ammunition must be delivered in a separate bag. 
  • If transporting the gun by car, gun must be transported in the trunk of the car.
  • After the gun is screened by officers, and determined to be a working firearm, a gift card will be given.
  • Rifles and shotguns will be accepted, however no incentive will be issued.

Q. Will I get arrested when I deliver a gun to a designated drop-off site? 
A. No. However, you MUST strictly follow the turn in protocol in order to receive amnesty when turning in the firearm at a designated drop-off site. If the protocol is followed, the person dropping off the firearm will not be prosecuted for unlawful possession of that specific firearm. Amnesty will not be given for any other crime committed with that firearm or for any other crime committed while in possession of that firearm. If protocol is not followed, or if the Boston Police determine you are not participating in the buyback, the Boston Police may effectuate an arrest for illegal possession. 

Q. Do I have to leave my name?
A. No. This is a “no questions asked” program, which means you will remain anonymous when you drop off the firearm. 

Q. What if I want to drop off a gun before noon or after 7:00 p.m.?
A. Call the hotline – 1-888-GUNTIPS. Someone will be available to take your call and arrange for a private exchange outside of the given time frame. 

Q. What types of guns are accepted? 
A. All guns will be accepted. Incentives will not be issued for junk or antique guns, rifles or shotguns. Gift cards will only be issued for workable firearms. Whether a gun is “workable” will be determined by the police officer accepting the weapon. 

Q. What is the incentive?
A. The incentive is a $200.00 Visa® gift card.

Q. What happens after the gun is turned in?
A. Guns will be sent to the Boston Police Ballistics Unit. They will be tested to determine whether or not the weapon has been involved in criminal activity. If the test is positive, the gun will be retained as evidence, and an investigation will follow. If the test is negative, the weapon will be slated for destruction. 

Q. Are gun buybacks proven to reduce gun violence?
A. Currently, there are no reliable statistics regarding a gun buyback’s direct effect on gun violence. That said, we do know that if a gun is turned in, it will not be used in a future crime. The buyback program is one part of a larger anti-gun strategy and opportunity to mobilize our community in joint efforts against gun violence. This program demonstrates Boston’s “Call to Action” for safer city streets. “Your Piece For Peace” embraces the philosophy that one fewer gun on the street is potentially many lives saved. 

 

In partnership with the Black Ministerial Alliance.  www.bmaboston.org