PHOTOS: Gun buyback in Springfield

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According to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, over 60 firearms turned in at the December buyback.

The Hampden County District Attorney’s office and Baystate Health partnered to reduce the number of people killed by un-wanted guns in the Pioneer Valley. 

Gun deaths in the United States hit its highest level in forty years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year, nearly 40,000 people were killed by a gun.

Guns account for 20,000 suicides, 12,000 homicides and 75,000 non-fatal injuries each year in the United States.

Last Saturday, for National Gun Buyback Day, the Hampden County District Attorney’s office and Baystate Health partnered to reduce that number. Collecting unwanted handguns in exchange for a $50 Big Y gift card, and two Big Y gift cards for any assault-style weapon, no questions asked. 

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