Citizens for a Safer Natick and the Natick Area Interfaith Clergy Association are partnering with the Natick Police Department and Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to sponsor a Natick Gun Buyback on Sept. 12 from 10am-2pm at Hartford Street Presbyterian Church.
Organizers figure the fewer unnecessary firearms laying around, the lower chance there is of the weapons falling into the wrong hands or resulting in accidents.
A similar event held three years ago netted dozens of firearms, ranging from revolvers to assault rifles. Owners were given gift certificates for their efforts, with more powerful guns rating bigger prizes. Turning in ammunition scored owners ice cream coupons.
The firearms, after being run through a database to determine whether they’ve been stolen or used in a crime, are sent to the state police for destruction.