(WPRI) — Close to 200 firearms were taken off the streets of Fall River and New Bedford thanks to “Guns for Groceries” events.
A total of 193 firearms were exchanged for Market Basket gift cards and Domino’s pizza coupons on Nov. 17.
There were 99 firearms exchanged in Fall River and 94 firearms exchanged in New Bedford. Firearms exchanged included 72 handguns, 93 long guns and 28 pellet/bb guns.
Four-thousand rounds of ammunition and 20 knives were also collected.
The program was inspired by a Rev. Dr. Robert Lawrence lecture given at UMass Dartmouth which included two Parkland, Fla. shooting survivors. Lawrence helped remove 3,100 guns from the streets of Southeastern Massachusetts through his gun giveback programs.