Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 12, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Melrose Police “Retire” 19 Guns at Buyback Event
Unwanted, Unneeded, and Unable to Harm Anyone
Melrose Police Chief Michael L. Lyle announces the success of Saturday’s gun buyback program, which resulted in 19 firearms being turned over to police for destruction.
The nine rifles and 10 handguns were taken back, no questions asked, and the former owners were given up to $50 in giftcards to local restaurants.
“Anytime we can take firearms off the street is a win for the citizens of Melrose,” Chief Lyle said. “Today, there are 19 fewer guns in Melrose. That’s 19 guns that will never fall into the wrong hands and will never be used to hurt someone.”
According to Chief Lyle, there are many reasons for someone to turn over a firearm at a buyback program. Widows and widowers of gun owners often have no interest in owning a firearm. Parents with young children may no longer wish to have guns in the house. Parents or family members sometimes find illegal guns and wish to do the right thing. The buyback program rewards these people for doing the right thing.
“A widow might have never held a gun in her life. It might scare her, and she might not know how to keep it safe, locked, or out of the wrong hands,” Chief Lyle said. “In that regard, the buyback is also a ‘gun retirement program,’ and it gives people one less thing to worry about.”
Melrose police also took in several boxes of ammunition and even a few toy guns. The items will be reviewed and then sent for disposal.
Funding for the buyback was provided by Melrose Police Department drug seizure proceeds.