Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William B. Evans, in collaboration with Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza join physicians and medical professionals to announce a coordinated gun buyback day in their four cities on December 16, 2017 to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which happened five years ago this month.
The Boston buyback, scheduled for December 16, 2017 with various drop-off locations across the city, will distribute $100 gift cards funded by Mass General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Boston Medical Center.
In March of 2014, the Boston Police Department announced its first buyback program in 10 years. At the conclusion of the 2014 calendar year, the department had taken a total of 1061 firearms off the streets of Boston, 410 of which were turned in during the buyback program. So far in 2017, the BPD has confiscated over 670 illegal firearms and hopes that Boston city residents will take advantage of this one-day program to increase that total, and in turn, increase the safety of our city.