Burlington Police Partnering With Clergy for Gun Buyback Program

Do you own a gun you don't want? The Burlington Police Department will buy it from you.

Burlington Police Department - Credit Rich Hosford
Burlington Police Department - Credit Rich Hosford
The following is a notice from the Burlington Police Department: 

What do Burlington residents do if they have guns or other dangerous weapons they no longer want?  The Burlington Police Department will be holding a gun buy back on December 14, 2013. This coincides with the first anniversary of the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Burlington is a safe community and the vast majority of gun owners are responsible, law abiding citizens.  This initiative of collecting unwanted guns and weapons, addresses a vital public safety and public health issue” according to Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent.

The Burlington Police Department has partnered with the Burlington Clergy Group, the Burlington Board of Health, and Wegman’s Supermarkets, who have pledged $50 gift cards for each gun turned in.  Each weapon will be safely destroyed.  Residents are also invited to pick up free gun safety locks from the police, as provided by the co-sponsoring Clergy Group, whether or not they have turned in unwanted guns. 

The Clergy Group has suggested the Newtown anniversary as an appropriate time for this project.  They believe that this is one small action we can take as a community at a time when we will be reminded of how easily, and tragically, guns can fall into the wrong hands.  Action, and not helplessness, is the right response to repeated incidents of gun deaths.

Unwanted firearms are a potential hazard in any home.  Unwanted firearms can be stolen, used in accidental shootings or a suicide.  When guns are used in criminal attacks, the outcomes are often irreversible and fatal.

We recognize that the overwhelming majority of licensed gun owners safely handle and store their firearms.  However, the access and availability of firearms is associated with an increased risk of suicide in the home. One study concluded that a household is five times as likely to have a suicide in that home if there is a gun in the home.  Overall, guns kept in the home were 22 times more likely to be used in accidental shootings, assaults and suicide attempts, than in an act of self-defense, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Handgun Violence. 

“Community support is critical to the success of this program; we thank the local churches, clergy, concerned residents, and community leaders who support this initiative,” said Chief Kent. 

Any unwanted gun or weapons can be brought to the Burlington Police Department on December 14, between 9am and 1pm or can be picked up during those hours by the Burlington Police Department by calling 781-272-1212.

Raconteur December 07, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Oer 117 documents related to gun ordinances being enacted in spite of state preemption of firearms laws in Vermont, are being hidden from public scrutiny by the city of Burlington. “This is the city denying the public the ability to see how it is going about passing a law that will result in citizens being arrested, tried for a violation of this law, facing loss of freedom and property, paying fines and incurring legal defense fees and expenses." But don't worry, the city's finest are paying to buy guns that are not being used in crimes. Don't you feeeeel safer?
ExNuke December 09, 2013 at 09:44 AM
So the Burlington Police are quoting bogus statistics from "the Kellerman Study". Pretty lame, Kellerman lost his cushy job after his university discredited his cherry picking methods and knowing distortions. It figures that the Brown Shirts of Burlington would use a propaganda piece to justify cheating old ladies out of the fair value of their property. Wegman's just lost my business. Minimum loss to them but I don't want my money spent trying to promote violating my rights. And this is an attack on the 2nd Amendment.


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