Morris County law enforcement officials, in partnership with the state Attorney General's Office, will hold two gun buyback events this weekend to help reduce gun violence.
"Every gun we will collect represents a gun taken off the streets. This is all about safety in our communities," said Morris County Sheriff James Gannon. "I applaud our partners at the state, county and local levels for helping ensure a successful program."
Guns can be turned in 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Budd Lake Fire Department on Route 46 and Sunday at the Parsippany Police Athletic League building.
New Jersey residents may bring firearms wrapped in plastic or in a box to either location for collection by police officers. In exchange, they will receive as much as $300 per weapon, distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, for up to three guns.
The program does not require those turning in guns to disclose their names or other personal information.
The state Attorney General's Office, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, the Morris County Sheriff's CrimeStoppers, the Board of County Commissioners and the Mount Olive and Parsippany police departments have organized the events.
"Reducing gun violence in our communities is paramount, and gun buybacks are a vital means for removing firearms from circulation before they can be used to take a life," said state acting Attorney General Matt Platkin. "We proudly support counties and local law enforcement in buyback efforts that advance our shared goal of bringing an end to gun violence and restoring peace to communities across New Jersey."
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The program will receive $60,000 in funding. The money will include $20,000 each from the prosecutor and commissioners using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. An additional $10,000 will come from the county CrimeStoppers and the New Jersey Attorney General's Office.
Last fall, a gun buyback event across nine New Jersey counties yielded more than 2,800 firearms. The most recent program in Morris County, held in March 2013, paid out $49,550 for 600 weapons
For more information, contact Meghan Knab, Morris County Prosecutor's Office public information officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 973-829-8159.
This article originally appeared on Morristown Daily Record: New Jersey gun buyback in Morris County is this weekend