NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - All day Saturday, gun owners in Franklin and Hampshire counties exchanged weapons for gift cards at the police stations in Greenfield and Northampton. How did it go?
Two assault rifles are among the nearly 300 weapons that Franklin and Hampshire county gun owners exchanged for fifty dollar gift cards. Two gift cards for each assault rifle.
Northampton Police Captain Joseph Koncas told 22News, organizers of this first ever gun buyback in Franklin and Hampshire counties are pleased with the nearly 300 handguns, rifles and handguns that their former owners brought in.
Koncas said he believes Western Massachusetts is safer because of the number of guns turned in.
“We took the opportunity to for someone to use these guns to harm themselves, someone else or use them to perpetrate ad crime,” said Koncas.
Out of the 290 weapons turned in Saturday during the gun buyback, 150 were collected in Greenfield, the rest in Northampton.
Captain Koncas mentioned that some of the guns were almost new. The Northwestern District Attorney's office had promised to protect the identities of those who traded their guns for gift cards on Saturday.