Outer Cape police host gun buy back program

Turn in unwanted guns for gift cards through May 18
Outer Cape residents who have unwanted guns they would like to be rid of, may turn them in for gift cards. ©laurha/DPC

The five police departments on the Outer Cape will once again hold a voluntary gun buy back program. The buy back got underway this weekend and will continue through Monday, May 18. This is the third year the program will be held. In 2013, thirty firearms and 1,000 rounds of ammunition were turned in to police.

Through May 18, Outer Cape residents are welcomed to turn in guns they no longer want at one of the designated drop-off locations. In exchange for the gun, the resident will receive a gift/gift card (one per family), according to a joint release from the Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown Police Departments.

Police expect that most of the guns being turned in will be firearms inherited by a family member who has no personal use for a gun.

Once again, local volunteer Lydia Vivante has been instrumental involving local merchants in the program. More than a dozen local shops, restaurants and other businesses have donated gifts and/or gift cards for the cause. Those businesses are Shaw's Market, Stop & Shop, Main Street Books in Orleans, True Value Hardware in Orleans, Willy's Gym in Eastham, Hole In-One Donuts in Eastham, the Fairway Restaurant in Eastham, Wellfleet Farmers Market in Wellfleet, Wellfleet Marketplace in Wellfleet, Atlantic Spice Company in Truro, Conwell Lumber in Provincetown and Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch in Provincetown.

Officers with the assistance of area merchants will attempt to identify any guns of value including antiques or rare or collectible guns and inform the person who turned the gun in. Other than guns of high value, all weapons and ammunition turned in during the program will be surrended to the Massachusetts State Police and destroyed.

Drop-offs (two per department) are scheduled for the following days:

  • Saturday, May 9, Provincetown Police Department
  • Sunday, May 10, Truro Police Department
  • Monday, May 11, Wellfleet Police Department
  • Tuesday, May 12, Eastham Police Department
  • Wednesday, May 13, Wellfleet Police Department
  • Thursday, May 14, Orleans Police Department
  • Friday, May 15, Orleans Police Department
  • Saturday, May 16, Eastham Police Department
  • Sunday, May 17, Truro Police Department
  • Monday, May 18, Provincetown Police Department

Drop-offs on all days will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Questions should be directed to your town's police department. 

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