Boston’s Gun Buyback Program Rakes in a Whopping One Firearm

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Boston’s gun buyback program was off to a speedy start in 2014, but has slowed dramatically with only one firearm turned in so far this year.

2014 yielded more than 400 firearms, each purchased for anywhere between $100-$200. This year however, is a different story. Boston police say the program is still up and running, but the public seems to have all but lost interest in the initiative.

“There’s no question why the total number is down: The gun buyback’s numbers clearly aren’t on the same level as the guns taken a year ago,” said police spokesman Officer James Kenneally. “As long as there’s funding, it’s an option we can provide to community members.”

While Boston police haven’t been receiving any firearms through the buyback program, they’ve still managed to snatch up more than 400 “crime guns” during arrests and other means, making the streets at least a little safer.

“Don’t underestimate the effort that goes into taking those guns off the streets of Boston,” said Kenneally. “Those are the tough guns.”

Even still, Walsh plans to redouble their efforts in collecting firearms through the buyback program and reached out to the public for help.

“We need to make sure we double our efforts on that,” said Walsh. “I’m asking any family members out there that you know have a gun in the house – or you might know that one of your kids has a gun – we will come and pick it up. We will take the gun out of the house.”

(This article was a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers)

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  • Barbara Fee February 10, 2017, 12:26 pm

    Did i read that right? If a family member has a gun, turn them in and we will come take the gun legally owned or not

    • Archangel April 14, 2017, 11:45 pm

      Yeah, try that at my house and it will make for a very “interesting” day!

  • Kent Nordland December 10, 2015, 4:42 pm

    Most of the horrific mass shootings which have occurred of late were committed by psychotics who are off their meds, or
    Islamic terrorists. And they knew where the “Gun Free Zones”, “Free Fire Zones” were.
    POTUS said that ISIS is contained. Yeah. Contained to this planet!

    Be strong,
    Be of good heart,
    God bless America
    Long live the Republic.

    • Rick October 14, 2016, 7:57 am

      Thanks Sootch00. 8>)

  • krinkov November 15, 2015, 10:16 am

    Tell me how in the heck the .gov jackasses “buy back” that which it never owned to begin with???

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