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2006 Boston gun Buyback

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http://www.cityofboston.gov/aimforpeace
http://www.cityofboston.gov/aimforpeace/brochure.pdf

Dear Friends,
It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we
embark on a Gun Buyback program in the City of
Boston. We, along with our community partners,
planned this important event in an effort to reduce
gun violence, and to get our community involved
in a proactive campaign to take guns off of our
streets.

"Aim for Peace" is intended to silence the gun
violence in our city, and send a loud message to
violent criminals that we are not going to allow
our streets to be overridden by crime. Instead,
we are encouraging our youth to reject a life of
crime and violence, and embrace a life of
personal responsibility, hope and peace.

This "no questions asked" program will allow
individuals to dispose of firearms without fear of
charges for illegal possession. It is our feeling
that one less gun on our streets is one less
potential death. In addition, "Aim for Peace" gives
community members an opportunity to easily turn
in a weapon and reduce the risk that a gun might
be stolen and used for criminal activity.
While we have gained the support of the City, and
many community partners, we need your help to
make this program a success. If you have access
to, or possess a gun, please save a life, and turn
that gun in.

Thomas M. Menino, Mayor
Albert E. Goslin, Superintendent-In-Chief
The 2006 Boston Gun BuyBack Program asks
you to "Aim For Peace" and trade in a gun for a
$200.00 gift card.

This program will take place from June 12th -
July 14th, Monday through Friday, from 12:00 pm
- 7:00 pm at various designated drop-off sites
throughout the city.

If you do not wish to deliver the firearm to a
designated site and would like to arrange for a
private exchange, call 1-888-GUNTIPS.

The following procedure MUST be followed in
order to receive amnesty for possession of a
gun when it is turned in, and to receive a Target®
gift card.
TURN-IN PROCEDURE
1. Gun must be delivered unloaded.
2. Gun must be put in a clear plastic bag,
and put into another container (gym
bag, backpack etc.).
3. If depositing ammunition in addition
to a gun, ammunition must be
delivered in a separate bag.
4. If transporting the gun by car, gun
must be transported in the trunk of
the car.
5. After the gun is screened by officers,
and determined to be a working
firearm, a gift card will be given.
6. Rifles and Shotguns will be accepted,
however no incentive will be issued.
DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
June 12, 2006 - July 14, 2006
Monday - Friday, 12pm - 7pm
Area A-1 - Downtown
District 1 Police Station, 40 New Sudbury St.
Area A-7 - East Boston
District 7 Police Station, 69 Paris St.
Most Holy Redeemer Church, 63 London St.
Area B-2 - Roxbury / Mission Hill
District 2 Police Station, 135 Dudley St.
Project RIGHT, Inc., 320 A Blue Hill Ave.
Area B-3 - Mattapan / Dorchester
District 3 Police Station, 1165 Blue Hill Ave.
The Ella J. Baker House, 411 Washington St.
Great Hall/Codman Square Health Center,
637 Washington St.
Area C-6 - South Boston
District 6 Police Station, 101 West Broadway
Area C-11 - Dorchester
District 11 Police Station, 40 Gibson St.
City Links, 243 Bowdoin St.
Area D-4 - Back Bay, South End
District 4 Police Station, 650 Harrison Ave.
Church of Scientology, 1783 Washington St.
Area D-14 - Allston / Brighton
District 14 Police Station, 301 Washington St.
Area E-5 - West Roxbury / Roslindale
District 5 Police Station, 1708 Centre St.
Area E-13 - Jamaica Plain
District 13 Police Station, 3345 Washington St.
Hyde Square Task Force, 375 Centre St.
Area E-18 - Hyde Park
District 18 Police Station, 1249 Hyde Park Ave.
Lighthouse of Truth Church, 172 Ruskindale Rd.
 
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Excellent thought. Take a trip to Boston, collect $200 Target gift card, assuming you can use something that they carry and you'll accomplish your goal and pick up some extra change.
 
firtree said:
Is that the sound of a Target gift card I hear?

+1 [smile]

http://www.cityofboston.gov/aimforpeace

To the OP... just be sure to cover your ass...

http://www.cityofboston.gov/aimforpeace/brochure.pdf


1. Gun must be delivered unloaded.

2. Gun must be put in a clear plastic bag,
and put into another container (gym
bag, backpack etc.).

3. If depositing ammunition in addition
to a gun, ammunition must be
delivered in a separate bag.

4. If transporting the gun by car, gun
must be transported in the trunk of
the car.

5. After the gun is screened by officers,
and determined to be a working
firearm, a gift card will be given.

6. Rifles and Shotguns will be accepted,
however no incentive will be issued.
 
I have 2 Jennings and a Davis I payed a combined total of $70 for. That $600 sounds like a new GPS to me. If it wasn't supporting the commie bastards, I would do it.
 
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I have 2 Jennings and a Davis I payed a combined total of $70 for. That $600 sounds like a new GPS to me. If it wasn't supporting the commie bastards, I would do it.

Do it anyway! The program will not achieve it's stated objective of taking "guns off the streets" because yours aren't there anyway.

Spend the $600 gift card on your new GPS and take the money you were saving towards that GPS and buy a new - and certainly better - gun than the 3 you dumped!

Talk about win-win. [wink]
 
Maybe you could buy something with your gift card, then return it at another location for cash, and head over to your favorite gun shop?
 
Adam_MA said:
Maybe you could buy something with your gift card, then return it at another location for cash, and head over to your favorite gun shop?
Damn good idea! I wonder what Target's return policy is with gift cards, especially these particular cards?
 
JonJ said:
Damn good idea! I wonder what Target's return policy is with gift cards, especially these particular cards?

I've been searching their website looking for info on their return policy.

This was the closest thing I could find (it relates to online returns)...

"Target.com Return Policy
We will issue a full refund for most items returned within 90 days in new condition.

While we can replace damaged or defective merchandise, we can't exchange items. Please return the unwanted item for a refund and place a new order for the item you want. Visit our Online Returns Center for return options. When we receive your return, we'll issue a refund. If the item was sent to you as a gift, we'll send you an e-GiftCard for the amount of the refund".

I'm willing to bet the gun buy-back gift cards are flagged so that someone can't use the card and return the merchandise for cash.
 
Target's Return Policy SUCKS.

We had a lot of baby gifts from Target. When we returned the extras, even with a gift receipt, we could ONLY use the credit IN THAT DEPARTMENT. And wouldn't ya know, diapers are not in the same department as the rest of the baby junk.

Only thing we buy at Target besides diapers (they are the cheapest) are DVDs, and only when they are below $10. Come to think of it, last several trips have had really BAD selections. I'm just glad we use cloth diapers at home. I'd really hate to have to go there that often....

And if I read the 'Buy Back' correctly, the cards are ONLY for working handguns, not any other gun type items.
 
Have any of you out in that area done a search on www.gunsamerica.com? there are a few guns priced lower that $150.00 which may be worth picking up and turning over. If you don't want the money donate it to GOAL.

I would do it myself but It's about 200 mile round trip for me and with the price of gas it doesn't make sense.
 
Neptune Cat said:
Have any of you out in that area done a search on www.gunsamerica.com? there are a few guns priced lower that $150.00 which may be worth picking up and turning over. If you don't want the money donate it to GOAL.

I would do it myself but It's about 200 mile round trip for me and with the price of gas it doesn't make sense.

Are the sellers located in MA? If not, it's doubtful that any of those sub $150.00 guns (examples being the Lorcin/Raven/Jennings crap), could be transferred out of state to a MA FFL. Even if they could be transferred, the delaers fee for handeling the transaction and paper work wouldn't be worth the time and effort.
 
Neptune Cat said:
Have any of you out in that area done a search on www.gunsamerica.com? there are a few guns priced lower that $150.00 which may be worth picking up and turning over. If you don't want the money donate it to GOAL.

I would do it myself but It's about 200 mile round trip for me and with the price of gas it doesn't make sense.
I am sure many of the guns under $150 are not MA ok and wouldn't be transferable from a FFL.
 
Here's a question. I am sure the guns will be logged and destroyed. But say some of us (the serious gun owners) give them guns, should we ask for a receipt of some sort. Let's face it, the person collecting the guns might not be the most honest person in the world. If a gun was to find it's way back to the streets and is confiscated, you are the last registered owner of the gun. Since it is an anonymous drop, How could you prove you gave the gun to the police?

If someone was to make up their own receipt, do you think someone with a decent rank LT or higher would sign off saying you no longer posses the gun?
 
BJ,

Nice ideas but not likely to work.

- Receipt is always a good idea, but somehow I seriously doubt that the Boston PD would give you one. They aren't the most "customer friendly" PD out there.

- You are also right that occasionally some guns in the hands of PDs "leak" out. It doesn't happen very often, but it does happen. If your scenario were to occur, yes you'd get a visit, so some proof would be most helpful.

- If they refuse a receipt (and I doubt that they would sign yours) and you decide NOT to turn the gun in, be prepared for a major hassle up to and perhaps even including threats by whoever happens to be working there. Not right, but wouldn't surprise me given that they are Menino's minions.

- Unless there is a camera nearby, I doubt that you'd see anyone there above the rank of Patrolman!

Interesting, but I think that the end result will be that the best you could count on doing is go with a friend and have that friend witness the turn-over, write up an accounting of the event, have it notarized that same day and keep it sealed up and secure in case it is ever needed as evidence.
 
If anyone does decide to unload a couple Ravens (or other POS guns), let me know, so we can make a photo-documentary showing the drop-off, the selling of the Target gift cards fo cash (on the street, E-bay, etc.) and the purchase of a new gun (or chainsaw, or other "deadly weapon".

I still wanna go set up a table with a sign on it saying:

Are you the legal owner of the gun you're turning in today?

Think it might be worth more than $200?

Let me make you an offer.
 
mAss Backwards said:
If anyone does decide to unload a couple Ravens (or other POS guns), let me know, so we can make a photo-documentary showing the drop-off, the selling of the Target gift cards fo cash (on the street, E-bay, etc.) and the purchase of a new gun (or chainsaw, or other "deadly weapon".

I still wanna go set up a table with a sign on it saying:

Are you the legal owner of the gun you're turning in today?

Think it might be worth more than $200?

Let me make you an offer.

Watch some dumb ass grand son turn in a WW2 1911 that was in his grandfathers foot locker all these years for a $200 Card............... I am sure it has already been done before [angry]
 
FYI Just got off the phone with the BPD, there is no limit on how many pistols can be turned in and one gift card will be given per working pistol. I just found another junker sitting in the back of the safe.

4 guns, total price paid about $70.00 (2 Jennings, 1 Davis, 1 Sterling) , that's $800. Sounds like a win/win for me.

I still have a feeling I'm doing something wrong though...hummm...

MrsTypeo and I have our sights on a Dyson vacuum that’s designed for dogs and cats Target has it for $500. She'll whoop my ass if I don't trade in 4 safe queens/junkers.

Need some advise from you guys.
 
I guess you should do it... You gotta do what makes the Missus happy!

BTW, did you ask them if they still had gift cards available? A guy I work with was telling me that his buddy at the Boston PD said they only had a total of 200 cards available. I guess the "got ya" is if someone shows up with a gun to turn in, they are out of cards, and the person doesn't have a license they won't give the card back, and you get nothing for your turn-in...

Not sure how true that is, but....
 
You have to turn in those 4 junk guns. But, while taking them out and packing them up for the trip, make sure you cry and lament like you're throwing away your 4 best guns. Might as well gain some points while you're at it. If she's gun-saavy, scratch the above.
 
BJ...I'd turn them in...That's quite a profit, and it would be brownie points with the Mrs. If they're safe queens anyways...I know they're difficult to give up, but what the hell. If the vacuum is only $500, you only REALLY need to get rid of 3 of them [wink]
 
No Questions Asked? Bulls*%t!

I went to turn in a couple today. I happened to be in the 128 area so I swung into the Hyde Park station.
The lady at the desk had no idea what to do but she was trying to be helpful. She she checked a sheet at her desk and then got some help. I was told that they would have to call someone in to do the "buy back" as the officers doing the program were at the secondary location at The Lighthouse of Truth Church on Ruskindale Rd. I was told that it would be easier if I went there.

On arrival at the church I walked up to the desk where a Sgt was seated, put my bag up and opened it. He looked me over, pulled out the guns and then said" You live in Boston, you have an FID?" Damn, I was had! Thinking that if I lied and said I lived in Boston and didn't have an FID, if for some reason he didn't "buyback" my guns, he'd refuse to return them. I told the truth. I answered "Nope, don't live in Boston and yes I have an LTC." He asked to see the LTC, looked it over and said "Sorry, I'd like to help you but we only want Boston guns." Then he gave me the name and address of a shop where I could sell them!

My mistake was going into the "wrong" neighborhood. I was profiled. I surely didn't fit the profile of someone trying to get rid of a gun in Hyde Park.
I should have sent my 17 year old son in with his baseball hat on crooked and his pants hanging down around his ass[thinking]

Plan "B" is in the works[wink]

Good luck, Adam!
 
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