Commanding officer Lt. Joseph Walsh holds a typical handgun confiscated from the streets of Philadelphia, at the Philadelphia Police Department's Firearms Identification Unit (FIU).  Credit: Charles Mostoller  Boston police said more than 100 guns have been turned over during the first week of the city's gun buyback program. Credit: Charles Mostoller


More than 100 guns have been turned over to police in the first week of Boston's gun buyback program.


Boston police said on Monday, a week since the initiative was launched, that 136 guns were turned over.


"To those who've taken advantage of the program we say: Thank you for making our community safer," Boston police said.


Those who turn in active guns get a $200 Visa gift card.

During last week's kick-offof the effort, Mayor Marty Walsh said the buyback was the "first step" in youth violence prevention efforts.

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