Today, Saturday, December 16, 2017, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William B. Evans, in collaboration with Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, joined physicians and medical professionals in coordinating a one-day gun buyback in their four cities.
The Boston buyback opened eight drop-off locations across the city at 10:00 AM where city residents could receive a $100 gift card funded by Mass General Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Boston Medical Center in return for the surrender of a handgun. When the program ended at 4:00 PM, a total of 64 firearms had been turned in anonymously in one day to the Boston Police Department.
"I'd like to thank all those who came forward to turn in a firearm and those who funded and supported this program," said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. "I consider today a success. Taking sixty-four firearms off the street in one day is a huge step in making our city a safer place to live. But whether it was one gun that was turned in today or a thousand, that's at least one less gun that a child could get his or her hands on, and that's really what this is all about."