Bedford Safe Campaign - Gun Violence Prevention

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The Bedford Safe Campaign is a collaborative gun violence prevention campaign sponsored by the Bedford Police Department, the Bedford Health Department and the Bedford Board of Health who are joining together to protect our children, youth and families from gun violence injury and death in homes. We strive to accomplish this through community education, outreach and prevention programming. 

CLICK HERE to view the March 1, 2023, Gun Violence Community Forum

Gun Violence in America: community-driven approaches to this local and national crisis featuring Dr. Peter Masiakos, Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Gun Violence Prevention.   

Mental Health Resources

If you or someone you know is in crisis:

  • Call or text 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also chat with them online via their website, or text HOME to 741741 (multiple languages available). If this is an emergency, call 911. 

  • Call or text 833-773-2445 to reach the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Helpline for 24/7 for urgent care evaluation and connection to clinical services. They are also available at

Town of Bedford Specific Mental Health and Social Services:

  • Mental Health Counseling Available at Bedford Town Center - Licensed Clinicians, through the Town’s contract with Eliot Community Human Services, are available for all Bedford residents, by appointment in the Youth and Family Services Office or Eliot’s Concord clinic . Eliot’s clinicians are trained to address a variety of mental health needs. To set up an appointment please call 781-275-7727.

  • The Town of Bedford Social Service Team is available to any Bedford resident, student of Bedford Public School, and/or anyone employed in the Town of Bedford. For a full listing of the services available visit our webpage detailing Bedford Specific Mental Health and Social Services.

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Gun Violence Risk Factors: Statistics and Research

Safe Storage Practices

Kids are Safest when guns are stored outside the home

FREE Gun Safety Kits Available

FREE Gun Safety Kits consisting of a lock and safety instructions are currently available at the following Bedford locations:

Police Department, 2 Mudge Way

Health Department, Town Center Building, 12 Mudge Way 

Council on Aging, Town Center Building, 12 Mudge Way

Free Public Library (Circulation Desk), 7 Mudge Way                  

Safe Storage Guidance

Conversation Starters

What to do with unwanted Firearms

Bedford's Unwanted Gun Buyback Program

The Bedford, MA Police Department has an ongoing gun buyback program. If you are a Bedford Resident and have firearms or ammunition that you want to get rid of, please call the Bedford Police Department at 781-275-1212 and tell them. The Police will come to your house to pick up unwanted items. Do not transport them to the police station yourself. A payment will be made to you if you wish. 

Massachusetts Laws and Guidance for Gun Ownership

Gun Ownership in Massachusetts - licensing, training, transporting and storage requirements

Massachusetts Firearms Laws - Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140, §§ 121-131Q regulate firearm possession and licensing in the Commonwealth

Firearms Safety  - information on firearms safety courses

Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) in Massachusetts - i.e. Red Flag Law