On August 16, 2014, the City of Somerville Police Department, in conjunction with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Department, held its first gun buyback event in exchange for grocery store gift certificates.

Somerville Police Chief Charles Femino announced the success of this volunteer program offered to Somerville residents who were given the opportunity to properly dispose of firearms to help keep the community safe. This was a no-questions-asked event that put safety first. A total of 15 firearms, including a sawed-off shotgun, were turned in to police along with various ammunition. The weapons and items turned in will be listed and turned over to the State Police where they will be properly destroyed.

“Today there are 15 fewer guns in Somerville that will never be used to accidently hurt someone or to commit a crime,” said Somerville Police Chief Charlie Femino.

“I want to thank Chief Femino for inviting us to partner in this buyback. With over 31,000 fatalities and 74,000 firearms-related injuries across the country each year, giving residents a way to safely dispose of unwanted firearms and ammunition makes all our communities safer,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian.

“We are always striving to make Somerville a great place to live, work, play and raise a family, and reducing the number of guns that could potentially fall into the hands of criminals or our children, where they could contribute to crimes or tragic accidents, is an important part of that,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone.

“Crime is down by one-third in Somerville since 2008, but we must remain vigilant in our efforts to keep our neighborhoods and families safe. I commend the Police Department and the Sherriff’s office for their success with the buy back and thank every resident who made the right choice by turning those weapons in.

Somerville Police Chief Charles Femino, Lieutenant Carmine Vivolo, and Officer Dan Rego, along with Middlesex Sheriffs George Karelas and Damien Davis, stand over a combination of rifles, shotguns, firearms, and ammunition which were turned in for disposal.

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