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Hampden D.A., Baystate hold successful gun buyback

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Baystate Health and the Hampden District Attorney's office teamed up for a gun buy back program Saturday morning.

This was an opportunity to turn in weapons that people no longer wanted.

Within an hour, fifty firearms, ranging from long guns to pistols, were turned into the drive.

Those who turned in a weapon were given a fifty-dollar gift card to Big Y.

The D.A. tells Western Mass News that today's event helped people to get rid of firearms that they have in their home that they don't want or need.

It would also prevent a potential burglar from taking a gun that had not been locked away.

The chief surgeon at Baystate Children's Hospital says this an event they can support, having seen the consequences of the misuse of firearms.  

Baystate Children Hospital's Surgeon in Chief Kevin Moriarty told us that they take care of a lot of victims of gun violence and anytime they can help prevent any shooting from occurring, accidental or not, is a success.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni did not have any totals or estimations as to how many firearms they collected.

The guns collected at today's event will be turned into scraps.

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