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Gun Buyback Is Set For Saturday

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People in western Massachusetts will have an opportunity on Saturday to turn in un-wanted firearms for safe disposal.

   The Hampden County District Attorney and Springfield Police Department are running a gun buyback program from 10 AM to 5 PM at the police headquarters. District Attorney Mark Mastroianni said it’s a chance for someone who may have an old gun stashed in the basement to get rid of it before it winds up in the hands of a criminal

   The program will pay $50 per gun , $100 for an assault rifle.  $10,000 has been collected for the program from private donations.  The last Hampden County gun buy back in 2009 resulted in close to 100 guns being turned in.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.