The Northwestern district attorney's office offered residents of Hampshire and Franklin counties a safe way to dispose of unwanted firearms on Saturday afternoon.
The Northampton and Greenfield police stations held the first ever Valley Gun Buyback, accepting any firearms as well as ammunition.
Those that turned in handguns received a $50 gift card.
Residents with other weapons such as rifles, shotguns and assault rifles received two $50 gift cards.
The event was held in order to help police get these weapons safely out of peoples homes and away from youth.
District Attorney David Sullivan was very pleased with the turn out.
"We had a fabulous response today," said Sullivan. "We collected 301 firearms from both Greenfield and Northampton and just couldn't be more pleased. It's really about saving lives, getting these weapons out of people's homes and not have them fall into the wrong hands was really important, so we couldn't be any more pleased."
According to the district attorney's office, over 30,000 people are killed by firearms each year in the United States, equaling more than 30 people every day.
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