About 40 weapons were collected during a "Groceries for Guns" program Saturday at the Pilgrim United Church in New Bedford.

Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro says the haul included 18 guns and 22 BB and pellet guns, some of which looked like the real thing.

"I'm always concerned about the BB and pellet guns because they look so realistic," said Cordeiro. "Many times guns of this type are used in robberies, so its good to get them off the street."

People who brought in guns were given gift cards from Market Basket and Domino's Pizza.

Among those sponsoring the "Groceries for Guns" program were UMass Dartmouth, New Bedford Police, Attorney Scott Lang, Pilgrim United Church and the Interchurch Council of Greater New Bedford.

A similar program was also held in Fall River.

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