So are many generous donors of funds 

Arlington's first gun buyback netted 80 firearms and about 800 rounds of ammo, but now an inventory of what the public turned in has been reported as well as donation of funds by local organizations.

In a news release Friday, Oct. 11, Michael L. Rich, vice moderator and co-deacon for the mission and justice ministry at Park Avenue Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, noted this report from Sgt. Damien Davis of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Armory:

The firearms included 16 rifles (.22, .308, 30/30 calibers), two assault rifles (7.62, .308 calibers), 11 shotguns (12, 20, 410 gauges), 26 pistols (revolvers and semi-automatics, .22, .35, .38, 9mm), 11 pellet or bb pistols and 14 pellet or bb rifles.

The release quoted Arlington resident David Bean: "Although the two assault-style guns that were collected are the most scary looking, the many semi-automatic handguns that can be seen on the table [in the photo] are instrumental in a lot more deaths and injuries in the US than the long guns. It's good to know they're no longer lurking in dressers and nightstands in our town."

The buyback took place at the Town Yard on Sept. 28. People were lined up to drop off guns before the 10 a.m. start. They came by car, on foot and by bicycle throughout the day.

The effort took place with the help of Arlington police officers, Middlesex County deputy sheriffs and volunteers from the organizing churches: Calvary Church United Methodist, Park Avenue Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Trinity Baptist Church and First Parish Unitarian Universalist.

Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said that the purpose of the event was to provide a service to allow Arlington residents to dispose of unwanted or unused firearms and ammunition.

"This is an excellent example of what we can accomplish when members of the community and law enforcement partner together in an effort to solve complex problems, the news release quoted Ryan.”We are fortunate to have such thoughtful and dedicated community members. Their efforts along with those who brought guns for disposal to the event provide some peace of mind for the community that these unwanted weapons have been turned in for proper disposal."

Senator Kenneth Donnelly, Democrat of Arlington, said: "The Arlington Resident Gun Buyback Program offered an easy and effective way to return unwanted guns and keep dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands. We owe a great deal of gratitude to the Arlington Police Department and the group of interfaith organizations who launched the cooperative effort to get these weapons off of our streets and make Arlington a safer place for all residents."

Stop & Shop, First Parish donate $1,000 each

The organizing committee especially thanks Sponsors Arlington Stop & Shop and First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington for their generous donations of $1,000 each.

The buyback also received $2,067 in donations from these local organizations and businesses: The members of Park Avenue Congregational Church, Watertown Savings Bank, Dagostino’s Deli (grocery gift cards), Arlmont Fuel Corp., DeVito Funeral Homes, Arlington Swifty Printing (printing services), Bowes Realty, Upholstery on Broadway, Rush-Kent Insurance, Firefly Moon and R.W. Shattuck Hardware. In addition, 37 individual donations and cash received during Arlington’s Town Day celebration raised $1,193.55.

Donations enabled the distribution on the day of the event of 190 $25 gift cards redeemable at Stop & Shop and D’Agostino’s.

A total of 30 gift cards were donated by participants to the Arlington Food Pantry.

The remaining gift cards will be held at the Arlington Police Department for residents who turn in unwanted guns there.

The "no questions asked" policy and temporary amnesty for unregistered firearms will still apply.

In view of the success of the September event and interest from several surrounding towns, the organizing committee plans to make its plans, procedures and document templates available to those planning gun buybacks. For assistance in developing a program or event: Rev. Christine Elliott 781-646-8679 pastor at, attorney Michael L. Rich 781-373-1582 kidlaw at,

For more information: For residents with questions regarding the Gun Buyback Program or for information on what to do with unwanted and unused firearms and ammunition, contact Capt. Juliann Flaherty at the Arlington Police Department at 781 316-3942 or via email jflaherty@ at 

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This story was published Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.