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Worcester, Massachusetts Offers Free Flu Shots for Citizens' Guns

| by Michael Allen

The city of Worcester, Massachusetts is offering a Wegman's gift certificate and a free flu shot in exchange for residents' guns next weekend as part of the city's annual 'Goods for Guns Buyback Program.'

Since the program began in 2002, it has collected about 2,200 guns, which are destroyed. The program allows individuals to anonymously turn in unwanted and unloaded guns to the police department, reports Telegram.com.

In return, citizens can receive a free flu shot for turning in a weapon and will get a Wegman's gift certificate, depending on the value of the type of gun. A long rifle gets a $25 gift certificate; handguns earn a $50 gift certificate, and a semiautomatic weapon will bring a $75 gift certificate.

Telegram.com reports:

"City residents, or residents of any other community, may bring their unwanted weapons, unloaded and wrapped in a bag, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to the Worcester Police headquarters in Lincoln Square, or from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 to the Worcester Division of Public Health, 25 Meade St."

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