Get Weapons off Street at Anonymous Gun Buyback

Bensalem Township will hold an anonymous gun buyback event on Wednesday and Saturday.

Bensalem Township will buy back unwanted and unused guns at the Municipal Building two days this week.

The township's anonymous gun buyback program will take place on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

"Now we're trying to encourage people to turn in their weapons they might not want and we're gonna give them money for them," Director of Public Safety Fred Harran said during an interview with the Mayor.

The gun buyback event is a voluntary way for people to surrender their firearms with no questions asked, with the goal of reducing gun violence.

Sgt. Andrew Aninsman of Bensalem's Special Victims Unit said that the program is anonymous, in hopes that more people will come forth with unwanted guns.

"We just want to get guns off the street," Aninsman said.

The program is not limited to Bensalem Township residents. Anyone can bring in a weapon for cash, he added.

If you bring in a gun, you will be given up to $200 in cash, and the first 100 to participate will also receive free passes to The Comedy Works located at Georgine’s Restaurant in Bristol, according to an informational flyer.

Handguns, rifles and shotguns will be bought for $50, while semi-automatic handgun's will get $100, and $200 will be given for assault rifles.

A person can turn in an unlimited amount of guns, but cash will be given for up to three weapons per person. 

After the collection, the guns will be shipped to a foundry, where they will be melted down and then given to the military, Aninsman explained.

To learn more about the buyback, watch Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo and Harran discuss the program on a recent Mornings with the Mayor video. For more information, visit the Bensalem Township Police Deparment website or call 215-633-3700 x3777

woodsy February 06, 2013 at 03:08 PM
I'm not sure I agree with the title of this article. Will this initiative "get guns off of the street", or get guns out of the locked gun cabinets and safes of responsible people who reduce, reuse, and recycle?
Bill Sams February 06, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Woodsy, I believe that people who turn in these guns really have no idea what getting the guns out of the hands of Criminals Mean.
Jesseka Kadylak February 06, 2013 at 04:43 PM
@Woodsy—The police department hopes that by having the event be anonymous people who may have acquired guns illegally or have weapons that they shouldn't, will turn them in knowing no questions will be asked.
Andrew Funk February 06, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Used handguns can sell for $300 even if in rough shape. I hope the police will deter the few citizens who might throw away a gem.
WOLFIE February 08, 2013 at 03:46 AM


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