THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, September 27, 2019 Page 5 Malden’s first safer homes, safer community gun buyback to take place Oct. 5 M alden High School students are teaming up with the Malden Police Department and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to host the first ever gun buyback program in the city. The gun buyback initiative will take place on Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This public safety event will provide residents with an opportunity to anonymously and safely dispose of any unwanted firearms from their homes. By safely reducing the number of unwanted firearms in our city, there is a strong likelihood that we might also achieve the goal of reducing the potential dangers that can be associated with these weapons, including theft and accidental shootings. The event will be taking place at a location that provides a safe and convenient way for those who want to participate. Consistent with its strong commitment to public health and wellness, Cambridge Health Alliance has graciously allowed for the use of its outdoor parking lot as the location for the event. The gun buyback event will take place at 195 Canal St. in Malden. Members of the community who choose to participate may do so anonymously. No identification is required, and no personal information will be requested. Any weapons can be turned in with no questions asked. Members of the Malden Police Department and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office will be present and will be coordinating and overseeing the acceptance and destruction of the unwanted firearms. Gift cards Because this is a gun buyback initiative, members of the public will receive gift cards in exchange for any unwanted firearms that are turned in. The gift cards will be issued in varying amounts based upon the following guidelines: $100 – Assault Rifle; $50 – Rifle/Handgun; $25 – BB Rifle/Pistol. “Providing residents the opportunity to safely remove unwanted and unsecured firearms from homes serves to make both our homes and our communities safer,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “We are proud to work with these outstanding young student leaders and our partners at the Malden Police Department to support this critically important public safety effort.” “There are many things that contribute to the safety and well-being of any community. It involves partnerships. It involves people deciding that they want to make a difference,” said Malden Chief of Police, Kevin Molis. “This voluntary gun buyback is an example of that. The power of it is enhanced by the fact that it involves the motivation of our young people, Malden High students.” “We became really interested in hosting a gun buyback after we met with Chief Molis at Civics Day last year, where we were presenting our Generation Citizen project on reducing gun violence,” said Malden High School sophomores Ketshaly Philome, Tamara Philius and Alexi Dao. “Being able to host the gun buyback is one way that we feel we can make our city safer, by removing unwanted guns from homes and making sure people don’t get hurt by those guns.” IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW... LOW! Our Rates Are Really THAT MASS BAY HOME EQUITY LINE OF CREDIT (HELOC) 1.75% APR* Easy! 1st 6 months then prime minus .75% for life 4.25%current APR* Super-EASY application and Super-friendly service, too! JUST THINK OF EVERYTHING YOU COULD DO! 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