The NWDA has organized two Gun Buy Backs, one in 2016 and one in 2013. The 2nd Valley Gun Buy Back on June 11, 2016 took back 273 guns total in Greenfield and Northampton.
Examples of guns traded in for $50 gift cards include a 9 millimeter semi-automatic, 357 Magnum, a 38 Special and a vintage "chipmunk gun," along with long guns, pistols, rifles and shotguns.
Over a dozen were brought to the Springfield Armory because they were potentially of historic value; a Japanese rifle was accepted. The rest were destroyed at WTE Recycling in Greenfield. For more information about the June 11, 2016 Valley Gun Buy Back, click: Articles about 2016 Gun Buy Back
Northampton Police Capt. Joseph Koncas helped collect guns in Northampton
A total of 301 guns, 160 in Greenfield and 141 in Northampton, were collected at the first ever Valley Gun BuyBack at the Northampton and Greenfield police stations Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.
Organizers said the turnout in both counties exceeded expectations.
“We couldn’t be more pleased,” Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said.
“This was really about saving lives by getting these guns out of people’s homes and making sure they don’t fall into the wrong hands.”
Dr. Ronald Gross, chief of Trauma and Emergency Surgery at Baystate Health, said that almost 40,000 people lose their lives by suicide by firearm every year. Of those people who try to commit suicide, “If they use a firearm, 8 out of 9 will die,” Gross said, contrasted with 1-2 percent of those people who attempt suicide by taking pills or cutting their wrists.
“That means that 98 percent can be helped,” Gross said.
A wide range of guns were collected from vintage handguns to a double barreled shotgun.
A sampling of guns collected include the following:
· Sawed-off double barreled shotgun
· Taurus 9 mm revolver
· Remington Model 870 12 gauge deer hunting shotgun
· Colt vintage 22 caliber revolver
· Smith & Wesson 22 caliber target
· Davis .3800 caliber “Saturday Night Special”
The guns were ground up for recycling at WTE Recycling in Greenfield.
In addition to the Office of Northwestern District Attorney and Northampton and Greenfield police, Baystate Health, Northampton Area Pediatrics, Hampshire and Franklin County Sheriffs Associations, Claire Bateman Trust, Clinical and Support Options, ServiceNet, Massachusetts State Police, Edwards Church of Northampton, Haydenville Congregational Church and many others sponsored the BuyBack.