900 Fewer Guns & Counting: BPD's Ongoing Efforts to Target Illegal Gun Possession Has Lead to the Recovery of 900 Firearms

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900 Hundred Fewer Guns & Counting: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 515 illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston.  A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 385 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. As of October 1, 2014, there are 900 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts. "When we took office, Mayor Walsh and I made taking guns off the streets of Boston our priority," said Commissioner William Evans. "We are proud of the tireless efforts of the men and women of this department and the citizens of Boston who have made our city safer by removing 900 guns from the streets." For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013.