Some background on Worcester’s Goods for Guns program

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Back in September we wrote a feature story about Worcester’s gun buyback program, and the public art piece that will result from it.

As the buybacks started last Saturday and resume this Saturday (9:00 to 3:00 at police HQ), UMass Medical School has published an essay by Dr. Michael Hirsh, a sort of gun buyback pioneer in both Pittsburgh, PA and Worcester, about his involvement with these programs.

It’s good reading, and reveals his very personal motive. He also provides some statistics that show Worcester’s program does more than just hand out Walmart gift cards in exchange for old hunting rifles. For example, 60 percent of the 1,861 guns collected since 2001 were handguns and 40 percent were semi-automatics, a figure that counts 15 AK-47s.

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