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Massachusetts Police Departments Hold Gun Buyback Events

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police departments across central Massachusetts and in Boston held gun buyback programs on Saturday.

People who brought unwanted weapons to the 16th annual Goods for Guns program Saturday were eligible for a $25 gift card if they turned in a rifle or replica; a $50 card for a pistol; and $75 card for a semi-automatic weapon.

In Boston, police said a total of 64 guns were turned in by residents at drop-off locations for a $100 Visa gift card.

The central Massachusetts program was sponsored by the Worcester district attorney's office and UMass Memorial Medical Center. More than 3,400 guns have been turned in since in 2002.

Participating departments are Worcester, Auburn, Barre, Charlton, Dudley, Fitchburg, Grafton, Leicester, Leominster, Millbury, Northbridge, Oxford, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer and Webster. Residents of Northborough, Shrewsbury and Westborough can bring guns to Worcester.

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