Police collect firearms during buyback program

The Police Department collected 14 firearms from local residents through a gun buyback program. The program was undertaken through a donation from a local resident, according to Police Chief Richard E. Smith. Motivated by last year’s Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the unidentified resident donated $2,600 worth of gift cards in honor of the 26 victims of the shooting, to give to those who voluntarily turned in firearms. Ten handguns and four rifles were turned in. Smith, in a prepared statement, expressed his appreciation to the resident, and to Lieutenant Scott Reboulet, who implemented the program. “Ensuring that unwanted firearms are kept off the street and in a secure location is key to preventing tragedies,” he said. “Our goal is to keep these weapons from falling into the wrong hands, whether it be a curious child or those intent on committing crimes.” Another gun buyback day is planned for next spring.