Leominster Police Participating in CMass Gun Buyback Program

December 14, 2017

LEOMINSTER -- For the 16th annual Goods for Guns Day, multiple cities and towns in Central Massachusetts, including Leominster, have scheduled a gun buyback day for Dec. 16.

The police department will be buying back guns from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the department, located at 29 Church St.

The annual Goods for Guns program in Worcester is sponsored by both UMass Memorial Hospital and Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.’s office.

“This isn’t just about crime, it’s about public health,” said Dr. Michael Hirsch, medical director for Worcester’s Division of Public Health, as well as a pediatric trauma surgeon and gun safety advocate.

For those who take advantage of the program by turning in an “operable” weapon, they will receive:

* A $75 gift certificate from a local merchant (for turning in a semi-automatic weapon).

* A $50 gift certificate from a local merchant (for a handgun).

* A $25 gift certificate from a local merchant (for a shotgun, rifle or similar).

The department will also be accepting non-operable guns, live ammunition and firearm accessories. No gift certificates will be offered for these items.

Residents of any city or town can drop off their weapons anonymously in exchange for gift cards and no gun registration is required.

Since the inception of the Goods for Guns program, over 2,500 guns have been returned to law enforcement officials in Central Massachusetts.