Watertown Police Collect 50 Firearms in First Gun Buyback

First Parish Church, Watertown – Watertown Police and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office collected 50 guns on Saturday in Watertown, including an AR-15 assault rifle. The initiative is part of the “Safer Homes, Safer Communities” initiative taking place in Watertown, Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, and Belmont throughout the month of June. “This was our first gun buyback initiative and we were very pleased with the success we had,” said Watertown Police Chief Michael Lawn. “The regional approach to address this issue will only make our community safer,” he added.

Photo Courtesy The Watertown Police Department

Along with the AR-15 assault rifle, shotguns, handguns, ammunition, and even a Red Rider BB gun were turned in by residents over the course of the day. There were no questions asked. Anyone who turned in a gun received a Shop & Stop gift card for each firearm turned in.

Photo by Dan Hogan

“We are giving residents an opportunity to safely and securely remove unwanted firearms from their homes. This is making our homes and our communities safer,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.

Photo by Dan Hogan

With nearly 20,000 suicides by firearm and 16,000 injuries related to unintentional shootings each year in the United States, this initiative is focused on providing residents a way to safely and securely dispose of unwanted firearms from their homes.

The 50 firearms collected in Watertown bring the total collected in the Middlesex County’s initiative up to 115. Somerville will have their gun buyback during the last weekend of June.

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Produced by Dan Hogan, News Producer
Filmed on June 18, 2016

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