Following a successful gun buy-back program in Camden last month – where more than 11 hundred weapons were collected – authorities have announced a 2 day gun buy-back program will take place in Mercer County at the end of this month.

David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ

State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa says on Friday, January 25th, and Saturday the 26th “Mercer County residents will be able to turn in as many as 3 firearms with no questions asked – and receive up 250 dollars per weapon.”

He says “altogether we’re spending about 100 thousand dollars to buy back people’s firearms during the two day period… the buy-back of these dangerous firearms in Mercer will cost the taxpayers of New Jersey nothing, because we’re paying for the program with criminal forfeiture funds.”

Chiesa adds “as we all know – and as we were tragically reminded in December with the Sandy Hook school shootings - there are just too many guns out there and too many people dying as a result of gun violence. If we can save one life through this initiative, then it’s money well spent”.

Police officers will be collecting the weapons at the Pentecostal Assembly of God Church , and the Greater Mount Zion AME Church in Trenton,   from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the two days the program is scheduled to run.