Outer Cape voluntary gun buy-back program

WELLFLEET – On behalf of the outer Cape police departments, Wellfleet Police Chief Ron Fisette announces a voluntary gun buy-back program from Saturday, May 7, through Monday, May 16.

Those who bring in a gun or guns can choose from a selection of gifts including whale watch tickets, binoculars and gift card for local markets and stores.

Program organizers anticipate that most guns turned in will likely come from “next of kin” (persons who have inherited guns from a family member). According to Chief Fisette, each unwanted gun turned in is a benefit to public safety efforts.

Guns collected during this program will be delivered to the Massachusetts State Police and destroyed.

Program organizers will attempt to identify any antique, rare or highly collectible guns and inform the person that it may have potential value. Area merchants may be able to help determine the value of the collectible gun.

The dates and locations of the program are listed below. Each session runs from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, May 7, Provincetown PD
  • Sunday, May 8, Truro PD
  • Monday, May 9, Wellfleet PD
  • Tuesday, May 10, Eastham PD
  • Wednesday, May 11, Wellfleet PD
  • Thursday, May 12, Orleans PD
  • Friday, May 13, Orleans PD
  • Saturday, May 14, Eastham PD
  • Sunday, May 15, Truro PD
  • Monday, May 16, Provincetown PD

Any unused gift cards, gift certificates, and/or goods donated will be reserved for a future gun turn-in program or returned to the donor upon request.

Program organizers would like to thank Wellfleet volunteer Lydia Vivante for recruiting the businesses listed below and thank them for their support.

  • Shaw’s Market
  • Stop & Shop
  • Main Street Books, Orleans
  • True Value Hardware, Orleans
  • Bird Watcher’s General Store, Orleans
  • Willy’s Gym, Eastham
  • Wellfleet’s Farmers Market, Wellfleet
  • Wellfleet Marketplace, Wellfleet
  • Atlantic Spice Company, Truro
  • Conwell Lumber, Provincetown
  • Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch, Provincetown

The program is still accepting donations and anyone looking to assist should reach out to Lydia Vivante at vivantelydia@gmail.com (508) 349-6619. Gift donations may be dropped off at any of the outer Cape police departments. To request a pick-up, contact Lydia Vivante directly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the contact people identified below or the respective police chiefs.

  • Orleans Police Department: Lieutenant Kevin Higgins, khiggins@orleanspd.com (508) 255-0117
  • Eastham Police Department: Detective Adam Bohannon, abohannon@eastham-ma.gov (508) 255-0551
  • Wellfleet Police Department: Detective Geraldine LaPense, geraldine.lapennse@wellfleet-ma.gov (508) 349-3702
  • Truro Police Department: Lieutenant Craig Danziger, danziger@truropolice.com (508) 487-8730
  • Provincetown Police Department: Chief Jim Golden, jgolden@provincetown-ma.gov (508) 487-1212
  • Wellfleet Volunteer: Lydia Vivante, vivantelydia@gmail.com (508) 349-6619

According to Chief Fisette, program organizers hope to make this a yearly event.

Media release provided by the Wellfleet Police Department

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