Essex County Gun Buyback Program This Friday And Saturday

By Monica Miller, WBGO News
Newark. February 14, 2013

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Courtesy of the New Jersey Attorney General's Office

Gun owners looking to unload unwanted firearms will be able to turn them in for cash at a two-day gun buyback program in Essex County.

The Office of the New Jersey Attorney General is organizing the program with the help of Essex County law enforcement officials from Friday to Saturday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

 Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio says residents can turn in as many as three firearms of any type with no questions asked.

“$250 for an assault weapon,  I believe it’s $150 for a handgun or a rifle, a BB gun $50 and an inoperable gun is $25.”

This is the New Jersey Attorney General's third amnesty program in the state in three months. 3,700 guns have been turned in so far in Camden and Trenton.  It's being paid for with forfeiture funds provided by its Division of Criminal Justice. The Essex County Prosecutors' Office is also contributing forfeiture monies.

Guns can be exchanged for cash at the following six churches in Essex County:

St. Paul AME Church, 15-21 Sanford Street, East Orange

Christian Love Baptist Church, 830 Lyons Avenue, Irvington

Union Baptist Church, 12-14 Midland Avenue, Montclair

Calvary Gospel Church, 17 Lyons Avenue, Newark

Paradise Baptist Church, 348-352 15th Avenue, Newark

The Church of Epiphany, 105 Main Street, Orange. 

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