Rick Smith, Chief of Police
1 Union St.
Wakefield, MA 01880
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
**Media Advisory** Wakefield Police to Offer Gun Buyback
The Wakefield Police Department will be hosting a Gun Buyback program on Saturday May 17, 2014 at the Wakefield Police Department Headquarters located at 1 Union Street from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
The program is the result of the kindness and generosity of Barbara Laramie of Wakefield. Mrs. Laramie was so moved by the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut that she offered to fund the $2600 for the program – $100 for each of the victims.
The buyback is open to Wakefield residents to provide an opportunity to safely dispose of working guns that are no longer used, needed, or wanted. The firearms will be destroyed before they fall into the wrong hands, possibly resulting in a tragedy. Wakefield residents turning in handguns, rifles, shotguns, and assault rifles will receive American Express Gift Checks for the various weapons.
- Program is open to Wakefield residents only
- $150 for assault rifles, $100 for handguns, and $50 for rifles and shotguns will be given. Junk, non-working guns, and replicas will be accepted, but no gift cards will be awarded for these items. BB guns and/or ammunition will not be accepted.
- There is no limit on the number of guns that may be turned in, but there is a limit of $150 in gift checks per family.
- Residents are asked to transport weapons UNLOADED and in the trunk of their vehicle. Weapons are to be carried in a clear plastic bag or box. Officers will be on-hand to retrieve non-boxed weapons from vehicles or assist with those not comfortable handling the weapons.
- If assistance is needed to ensure a weapon is safe, or you are not comfortable transporting it, please call Lt. Scott Reboulet to make arrangements for the weapon to be secured by a police officer.
- Funding for the program is limited to $1850, which is the remaining funding from the last buyback.
- Unlicensed residents who turn in weapons won’t be prosecuted for the crime of unlawful possession of a weapon. This immunity doesn’t extend to other criminal offenses, or apply to a person already facing gun charges.