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Gun Buyback
This image shows the firearms collected at a gun buyback in NJ. (David Matthau, Townsquare Media)

New Jersey law enforcement officials are holding two more gun buyback programs at the end of this week in Hudson and Union Counties.

Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday, Hudson County and Union County residents can turn in a maximum of three firearms of any type, “no questions asked,” and receive up to $250 per weapon.

“These buybacks are important not only because they take deadly weapons out of circulation, but because they demonstrate the tremendous power of communities working together toward a common goal – in this case reducing gun violence and saving lives,” says Acting State Attorney General John Hoffman.

In Hudson County, the three buyback locations include the Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Bayonne,  the Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church in Jersey City and  the Saint Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Union City.

In Union County, the three host locations include the Morning Star Community Christian Center in Linden, the Shiloh Baptist Church Annex in Plainfield, and the New Zion Baptist in Elizabeth.

Police officers will be stationed at the six churches to collect and secure the guns. The Attorney General’s Office is paying for the buyback with forfeiture funds obtained by its Division of Criminal Justice.

To date, the statewide gun buyback initiative has taken approximately 12,500 lethal firearms out of circulation, including upwards of 6,000 handguns and approximately 1,500 illegal guns – firearms with unlawfully high magazine capacities, or weapons that have been sawed-off or otherwise modified.

New Jersey residents with questions about the gun buyback program can call the Attorney General’s Citizen Services unit at 609- 984-5828 or click here.

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