Submitted by Bedford Board of Health
As part of the continuing Bedford Safe Campaign, the Bedford Police and Health Departments, Bedford Board of Health, and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office will partner to host the Bedford gun buyback event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 3 at the Bedford Department of Public Works (DPW), 314 The Great Road.
The focus is on providing residents with a safe and secure way of removing unwanted firearms from their homes. The Bedford Police Department and Middlesex Sheriff’s Office ask that the following steps be taken by anyone interested in disposing of their firearms at the event:
- Residents are asked to provide advance notice to the Police Department of their intention to turn in a gun at this event (or any other time directly at the Police Department) by either emailing [email protected] or calling 781-275-1212.
- Please bring firearms unloaded with the safety engaged in a bag, box, or case.
- Leave the unloaded firearm inside the trunk of your vehicle upon arrival at the Bedford Public Works Yard located at 314 The Great Road.
Please note the following details for the event:
- Receive a $100 Visa gift card for any firearm turned in.
- BB guns/Airsoft guns and ammunition do not qualify for gift cards, but can be turned in for disposal.
- The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and Massachusetts State Police will safely destroy all guns collected at the event.
The partners hosting this event encourage residents to take advantage of this opportunity to help prevent accidents and injuries in our homes and community.
A second event for the collection of toy guns from kids will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10 at the Bedford Police Department, 2 Mudge Way. Kids are encouraged to bring in their toy guns, meet Bedford Police Officers, and receive a voucher for a free ice cream from Bedford Farms.
These events are possible with support from the Bedford Rotary, the First Church of Christ, Congregational, CHNA15, and Bedford Farms.
The Bedford Safe Campaign is a joint gun violence prevention campaign sponsored by the Bedford Police, Board of Health, and Health Department with a goal of protecting our children, youth, and families from gun violence in homes.
An unsecured firearm in the home is a public health danger that can lead to more frequent homicides, lethal domestic violence, accidental shootings, and suicides in the home.
For more information and resources on gun safety, please visit the Bedford Safe Campaign website at bedfordma.gov/BedfordSafe.