Boston Joining First-Of-A-Kind Regional Gun Buyback

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday that, along with partners in law enforcement and medical professionals, the city was entering into a large-scale regional firearms safety and gun buyback initiative.

Standing next to a table covered in guns recovered by the Boston Police Department, Walsh said the goal was to get guns off the streets of cities and towns across New England.

"This weekend, Boston, Hartford, Providence, and Worcester, and many other Massachusetts towns, are doing something that we've never done before," Walsh said. "We're holding a multi-city, coordinated gun buyback day tomorrow."

On Saturday, there will be eight locations where residents can drop off guns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In return, thanks to funding from local hospitals, they'll get a $100 gift card.

More than two dozen cities and towns are participating in the event, which is being held in remembrance of the Newtown shooting.

"It's simple and anonymous, and no questions asked," Walsh said. "If this initiative saves one life, it'll be worth it." 

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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