The first ever Watertown gun buyback brought in many weapons – including an assault rifle – along with some ammunition on Saturday.
Watertown Police Chief Michael Lawn was pleased with the event, which took place at First Parish Church, in conjunction with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police.
“It went very well,” Lawn said. “We collected 50 guns and a bunch of ammunition. One of the guns was a AR-15 assault rifle.”
The AR-15 is similar to the one used in the nightclub shooting in Orlando.
The event was a collaboration with other communities, and Watertown had one of the most successful buybacks so far. Last week, three communities – Belmont, Cambridge and Arlington – collected a combined 65 guns, according to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.
The weapons collected will be destroyed.
Those who brought in guns were not asked for IDs or asked any questions. They received gift cards to Stop & Shop, which were provided by the Watertown Police Foundation.
Other local groups sponsored the event, including: First Parish Church, Watertown Community Foundation and World in Watertown.
Lawn said the Watertown Police will hold another gun buyback at some point, but he is not sure if it will be an annual event, every two years, or some other period.
People who could not attend the Watertown event can bring guns to a buyback in Somerville on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Somerville Department of Public Works, 1 Franey Road, Somerville.
The fire arms should be brought in unloaded with the safety engaged in a bag, box or case. They should be placed in an otherwise empty car trunk.