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County Law Enforcement Agencies Join Forces for Gun Buyback

Event takes place March 15 and 16 in Madison and Morristown in effort to get weapons off of the streets.

The New Jersey Attorney General, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office and other area law enforcement agencies will offer a gun buyback amnesty program this week that will allow county residents to turn in their unwanted guns to the police with no questions asked.

According to a statement from the prosecutor's office, the initiative is designed to remove dangerous weapons from the streets. The program will accept firearms from residents—even juveniles—without requiring the disclosure of names or other personal information.

The gun buyback is scheduled for Friday, March 15, at St. Paul Inside the Walls, 205 Madison Ave., in Madison, and Saturday, March 16 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 70 Maple Ave. in Morristown.

The event on both days runs from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

According to the statement, interested residents may surrender their firearms at the event on a walk-in basis. Detectives from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and officers from the Madison Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Morris County Park Police will be on hand to collect the weapons and deal with administrative paperwork.

This Gun Buyback Amnesty Program shall be conducted within the parameters of the New Jersey Attorney General's 1994 Guidelines for Voluntary Firearms Surrender 

Those returning their guns will receive cash in exchange:

Weapon Type Reimbursement Assault Weapons $250 Semi-Automatic Handguns $150 Revolvers $100 Rifles/Shotguns $50 Inoperable Firearms $25 BB Pellet Guns No Cash

Participants are encouraged to surrender unloaded weapons wrapped in paper, tied with string or tape and transported in a box or container. Concealed carry is not permitted.

Residents are allowed to turn in as many weapons as they like, however, they will not be compensated for more than three weapons.

The statement adds that law enforcement officers and licensed firearms dealers are not eligible for the gun buyback.

The event is the result of a partnership between Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, Madison Police Chief Darren Dachisen, Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford, Morris County Park Police Chief David Wieland, Morris County CrimeStoppers Chairman John Sette and the Morris Area Clergy Council.

For more information, call Det. Keisha Higgs of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6268 or send email to khiggs@co.morris.nj.us.

Chris March 14, 2013 at 07:46 PM
lol... so getting 1 or 2 guns off the street is fine. But if someone has more than 3, nah keep your arsenal, we don't want them. All this is just a PR scam to make it look like the gov is getting guns out of the hands of criminals, when all its doing is just wasting taxpayer money on a program that won't work. For every 1 gun they receive, I am sure that 10 others were just registered in NJ at the same time.
John D March 15, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Kenny J, you are a moron. Statistics show that gun buybacks have little effect on stopping gun crime committed by criminals. That was my point. I would support them if they worked, but they dont, because criminals will not turn in their weapons. And though you state Morris County is mostly republican, the state and most of those in power over our freedoms are democrats. Even Christie would never allow concealed carry in NJ. Feel good liberals want to ban assault weapons when they account for a very small percentage of gun crime. If they really want to preserve life, outlaw hammers and baseball bats and kitchen knives. Each one of these items is responsible for more murders than those committed by assault rifles. Check out FBI annual crime statistics Bozo. You can take that fact to the bank.
the grin reaper March 15, 2013 at 02:24 PM
There is one main benefit to gun buyback programs. They allow people who no longer want the firearms and don't know how to sell them or otherwise get rid of them to turn them in safely to authorities. This takes firearms that might be stolen or otherwise taken out of circulation from people who don't want them. But it is delusional to think that buyback programs have any significant impact on criminal gun ownership. If they want the gun they possess illegally, they are not going to turn them in.
Michael H March 15, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Tina B, my only question is, as a free people, "Why do we have to justify need?"...... its a simple question, that i am sure in many instances in your own life, you have property that you dont "need", but "want".
Kenny J. March 15, 2013 at 05:40 PM
@John D, you may want to read your rantings. First you say you'd be for gun buybacks EXCEPT blah blah blah, then you retort with they will never work because statistics show blah blah blah. And what does a little buy back program in Morris COunty have to tdo with "feel good liberals" supposedly wanting to take away assault weapons? Nothing. You're just ranting like a paranoid loon. I suggest you turn in all of your guns and remember to take your meds every day. Tea parties are for little girls with imaginary friends, not fake patriots clenching their guns and bible in Mayberry.

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