Police to Host Gun Buy-Back Program
Residents can bring their unwanted guns to the police on March 9.
One local couple has stepped forward to fund an effort to curtail gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook school tragedy.
North Andover Police will host a Gun Buy-Back program at the North Andover Police Department Headquarters, 1475 Osgood St., on March 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
North Andover residents who have unwanted guns can bring them to the Police Station during that time and will receive an American Express gift card for $50, $100 or $150, depending on the type of gun: handgun, rifle, shotgun or assault rifle. There is no limit on the number of guns you can turn in, but each family will be limited to three gift cards.
"The firearms will be destroyed before they fall into the wrong hands, potentially resulting in a tragedy," police wrote in a statement about the program.
Funding for the program, $2,600, was provided by Phil and Judy Rohn, who were reportedly deeply moved by the Sandy Hook tragedy in December and wanted to do something to honor the victims and help prevent gun violence.
Non-working firearms, replicas and BB guns and ammunition will also be accepted, but no gift cards will be given for those.
Weapons should be transported -- unloaded -- in the trunk of your vehicle, and handguns should be in clear plastic bags. Officers will assist with rifles and shotguns. If you do not want to transport your guns, call the Police Department and arrangements will be made for pick-up.