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:
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.