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Cambridge group offers gift cards in June 13 gun buyback

For one day, on June 13, in two locations, a Cambridge community organization will be trading gift cards for guns.

As a part of the Cambridge Safer Homes, Safer Community initiative, the public is welcome to give up their guns anonymously for a reward, according to the organization’s website.

“A gun in a home is 22 times more likely to be used in domestic homicides, suicides, and accidental discharges than in self-defense,” the initiative’s website said. “Each year there are 31,000 fatalities and 74,000 firearms-related injuries across the country. Cambridge has very few gun related injuries and deaths. Let’s keep our homes and our community safe.”

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Cambridge police and the Middlesex sheriff’s office will collect guns in the Vineyard Church parking lot at 170 Rindge Ave. and the Pentecostal Tabernacle Church parking lot at 77 Columbia St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The community group, led by Cambridge’s interfaith organizations, is offering a $200 gift card for an assault weapon; $100 gift card for a revolver, handgun, semiautomatic, shotgun, or rifle; and $50 gift card for a BB gun or pellet gun, the website said.

“Unwanted and unsecured guns in homes pose a serious risk to children, people with mental illness, and those vulnerable to domestic abuse,” the website said.

If a person has a gun but does not want to transport it, the Cambridge police will pick it up, the website said, with arrangements made by calling 617-349-3300.

The organizers ask people to bring firearms unloaded, with the safety engaged, in a bag, box, or case. All guns are to be destroyed by State Police.

“No questions asked. No ID necessary,” the website said.


Rebecca Fiore can be reached at rebecca.fiore@globe.com.