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9th Annual Cambridge Safer Homes, Safer Community: Cambridge Gift Cards for Guns June 8th

Safer Homes Safer Community
Image of Gun Buyback Flyer (viewable as a PDF in multiple languages above left)

9th Annual Cambridge Safer Homes, Safer Community:

Cambridge Gift Cards for Guns June 8th

Gift Cards for Unwanted Firearms

You can download the buyback flyer in the following languages:

አማርኛ (Amharic) |عربي  (Arabic) | বাংলা (Bengali) |简体中文 (Chinese)|Español(Spanish)Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) |Soomaali (Somali) | Português (Portuguese)

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Led by Cambridge’s interfaith-based organizations, non-profit community and regional partners, the 9th annual citywide “Safer Homes, Safer Community: Cambridge Gift Cards for Guns” initiative is being held on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at two locations.

This public health and public safety event will provide residents with an opportunity to anonymously and safely dispose of their unwanted firearms and, in turn, reduce the risk of suicide, potential for wrongdoing in a home or on our city streets. In the first eight years of this event, public safety officials and community volunteers have collected hundreds of guns, handed out firearm safety locks, and shared extensive information about suicide prevention and gun safety. 

The Reservoir Church in North Cambridge and the Pentecostal Tabernacle will provide safe, convenient locations for participants to drop off unwanted guns with no questions asked and no ID required. Residents planning to turn in firearms should attempt to notify Cambridge Police in advance by calling (617) 349-6009. The firearms should be unloaded with the safety engaged in a bag, box, or case. The unloaded firearms can be left inside the trunk of your vehicle upon arrival, and we will assist you.

Reservoir Church

170 Rindge Ave, Cambridge

Drop-off: Parking lot in front of the church (enter on Middlesex Street)

Pentecostal Tabernacle

77 Columbia St, Cambridge
Drop-off: Parking lot

Cambridge Police and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office will be handling the guns turned in. The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office will facilitate the destruction of the guns at the Massachusetts State Police. Representatives from the Cambridge Public Health Department will also be on-site to provide helpful information and materials. 

As an incentive to participate, residents will receive a grocery gift card for firearms and/or BB guns they turn in, ranging from $50-$200 in value. Children will receive an ice cream gift card for any toy guns turned in. The values range depending on the firearm type:

$200 gift card                Assault Weapon

$100 gift card                Revolver, Handgun, Semi-Automatic, Shotgun, Rifle

$50 gift card                  BB Gun, Pellet Gun, Ammunition (maximum of $200)

$5 ice cream card         Children who turn in any toy guns

For those who cannot attend the event on June 8th, gift cards will be provided if pickups are scheduled during the month of June. Residents should call (617) 349-6009 to make an appointment.

For more information on Cambridge’s Gift Cards for Guns, please visit camb.ma/GiftCardsforGuns. If you or your organization is interested in becoming involved in the event (e.g. donate gift cards, volunteer at the event or help post flyers in advance of the event), please e-mail lori@manyhelpinghands365.org 

The following Cambridge interfaith organizations and community partners have already committed to collaborating on this important initiative: A Place to Heal Ministries, Abundant Life Church, Calvary Praise and Worship Center, Cambridgeport Baptist Church, Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, Christian Mission Holiness Church, Congregation Eitz Chayim, Christ Church, First Baptist Church, First Church in Cambridge Congregational, First Parish Cambridge, Friends Meeting Cambridge, Harvard Epworth United Methodist Church, Harvard Memorial Church, Islamic Society of Boston, Journey Church, Kingdom Empowerment Center, Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church, Parish of Saint Paul, Pentecostal Tabernacle, Reservoir Church, Rush AME Zion Church, Salvation Army, Cambridge Citadel, St. James Episcopal Church, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Temple Beth Shalom, Union Baptist Church, Western Avenue Baptist Church, Cambridge Community Foundation, Cambridge Community Center, Cambridge Women’s Center, Cambridge YWCA, Community Art Center, East End House, Many Helping Hands, Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, My Brother’s Keeper Cambridge, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, The Loop Lab, Transition House, Tutoring Plus, YWCA Cambridge, CambridgeSide, Central Square Business Association, Fresh Pond Market, Harvard Square Business Association, Middle East Restaurant, Pemberton Market, Star Market/Shaw’s, Toscanini’s, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge Council on Aging, Cambridge Domestic & Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge Human Service Programs, Cambridge Peace Commission, Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge Public Works, Cambridge Veterans Services, and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.

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