Gun buyback yields 43 weapons and 11 replicas, Boston police say

Boston Police Department

A total of 43 firearms and 11 replicas were turned in anonymously to the Boston Police Department as part of a one-day gun buyback program Saturday, police said in a statement .

The department and Mayor Martin J. Walsh coordinated the gun buyback with physicians and medical professionals to mark the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, killed 26 people, including 20 children. Saturday’s buyback was held at six locations around the city.


In exchange for firearms, participants could receive a $100 Target gift card funded by Mass General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization for surrendering their firearms.

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According to police data, there have been 192 shootings, 45 of which have been fatal, from the first of the year through Dec. 9 in Boston.

In that same period, there have been 441 firearm-related arrests, according to police.

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