Police gun buyback program Sat. also offers shots … flu shots
WORCESTER — Flu shots instead of gunshots. People can get free flu shots Saturday and next Saturday, even if they don’t turn in a gun at the city’s annual Goods for Guns buyback program.
City residents, or residents of any other community, may bring their unwanted weapons, unloaded and wrapped in a bag, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to the Worcester Police headquarters in Lincoln Square, or from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 to the Worcester Division of Public Health, 25 Meade St.
It's probably a good thing I didn't find out about this until yesterday. I would have been sorely tempted to hump out to Worcester to offer folks more than $25 per rifle or shotgun, $50 per handgun, or $75 for a semi-automatic rifle. It would have been a hoot to stand outside the program with a handful of $20 bills and my iPad (to connect to the MA CHSB for the transfer, of course).
Now, that raises another question. The chief says "no questions asked" - so does this mean that they'll be taking potential crime guns and destroying them? Is it possible that this program might be a way for criminals to dispose of firearms they have used in crimes? And what about people turning guns in "wrapped in a bag"? I have to transport my firearms in a locked container - but if I'm turning it in, I only need to make sure its covered? Hey, MA residents, you don't need a permit any more - if you get caught by the cops, just tell them you're on your way to a gun buyback, no questions asked!
I'd like to say I was surprised, but this isn't madness, this is Massachusetts!
That is all.