NJ’s largest one day gun buyback event happens this Saturday
New Jersey is looking to collect your unwanted guns.
This Saturday, the largest one-day gun buyback program ever held in New Jersey is scheduled to take place with ten locations in nine counties committed hold events simultaneously including Bergen, Camden, Cumberland, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Salem, Somerset and Union counties.
Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced Middlesex and Somerset counties are hosting an event together and Salem county is participating for the first time. While the majority of the locations will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., some counties are opening their doors earlier.
This will be Union County's fourth gun buyback event in the past few years, said Alexander Mirabella, Union County commissioner chairman. The amount of guns that have been bought back range from 228 to over 1,000. Mirabella is hoping the county can pull somewhere in between that number, but the more, the better.
The goal is to get the guns off the street and take unwanted and unused firearms out of the community, he said.
People can earn up to $250 per weapon. No appointment is necessary at any of the locations, with no questions asked.
Mirabella said people should arrive at any of the events with the weapons in a safe, secure container.
"We hope to pull as many of these unnecessary and unwanted guns off the street. The key for the public is they can be operational or not operational. They could be working or not working. Whatever condition they're in, they'll be evaluated, accepted and the people will get the cash right on the spot," said Mirabella.
Once the guns are returned, they will either be refurbished or discarded.
New Jersey has one of the strictest gun ownership laws in the country. Mirabella said it's not unusual, however, for residents to come into possession of unlicensed or unwanted guns, whether it's from an inheritance, a gift or even a hobby.
"If we can take these unwanted and unused guns out of the community, we feel that this is a real opportunity to improve our safety presence in the county. We feel like we're among the leaders in the state of New Jersey for having a safe community," said Mirabella.
Here are the locations for the gun buyback events:
St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church, 55 West Demarest Ave., Englewood
In partnership with Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella
Antioch Baptist Church, 690 Ferry Ave., Camden
In partnership with Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer
Alms Center, 1 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Bridgeton
In partnership with Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae
Friendship Baptist Church, 111 Perry St., Trenton
In partnership with Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri
First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, 771 Somerset St., Somerset
In partnership with Middlesex County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson and Somerset County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone
Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park, 124 Atkins Ave., Asbury Park (This location will open at 8:30 a.m.)
In partnership with Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey
Carneys Point Fire Department, 258 D St., Carneys Point
In partnership with Salem County Prosecutor Kristin J. Telsey
--Master’s Table Christian Fellowship (Triumphant Life Church), 207-211 Bond St., Elizabeth
--Shiloh Baptist Church Community Center, Corner of W 5th St. and Liberty St., Plainfield
--Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 506 Westfield Ave., Westfield
All locations in Union County will open at 9 a.m.
In Partnership with Union County Prosecutor William Daniel