By Matthew Grady 12/16/2018

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Yesterday, the City made an effort to take guns and ammunition off the streets.
Mayor Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Gross announced the gun buyback day on Thursday,
The program is called “Piece for Peace.” At the six available drop-off locations, residents could anonymously dispose of firearms without fear of illegal possession as long as protocol was followed. In return, residents received a $100 gift card. 
The program was organized with help from the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Physicians Association.
Many medical professionals joined the initiative and Peter Masiakos, the Director of Pediatric Trauma Services at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, said that “Working together, physicians and political leaders have a responsibility to address the public health crisis that is gun violence.”

Commissioner Gross said that program “strengthens the bridge between the city, public safety, and the health community around gun violence.“

In total, 43 guns were turned over, according to the BPD’s website.

The protocol for turning in firearms was as follows:
  • The gun must be delivered unloaded.
  • The gun must be put in a clear plastic bag and put into another container (gym bag, backpack etc.).
  • If depositing ammunition in addition to a gun, ammunition must be delivered in a separate bag.
  • If transporting the gun by car, the gun must be transported in the trunk of the vehicle.
  • After the gun is screened by officers and determined to be a working firearm, a gift card will be given.
  • Rifles and shotguns will be accepted, however, no incentive will be issued or provided.
Visit the BPD’s website for other information.

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