Burlington Gun Buy Back Effort Coincides With Newtown Shootings Anniversary

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BURLINGTON (CBS) — The Burlington Police Department hosted a gun buy back effort on Saturday, which coincided with the first anniversary of the mass shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“Burlington is a safe community and the vast majority of gun owners are responsible, law abiding citizens. This initiative of collecting unwanted guns and weapons addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” Burlington Police Chief Michael Kent said in a prepared statement before Saturday’s event.

For the gun buy back effort, the Burlington Police Department joined forces with the Burlington Clergy Group, the Burlington Board of Health and Wegman’s Supermarkets, which pledged $50 gift cards for each gun turned in. Each weapon will be safely destroyed.

“Community support is critical to the success of this program; we thank the local churches, clergy, concerned residents, and community leaders who support…

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