Jeffrey Chiesa, the attorney general of New Jersey, has announced a gun buyback program set to take place on May 3rd and 4th. The 2-day event seeks to take as many guns off the street as possible by providing illegal gun holders with an incentive to turn in their illicit weapons no questions asked.
Every gun handed in is worth something. “Residents can turn in as many as three firearms of any type “no questions asked” and receive up to $250 per weapon, depending on the type of gun and its condition,” according to the Attorney General’s Office. Money to buy back the gun come from “criminal forfeiture monies obtained by its Division of Criminal Justice” and criminal forfeiture monies collected by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Guns will be accepted at the Gilmore Memorial Tabernacle Church in Paterson and the St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Passaic from 8am to 8pm on May 3rd and 4th.
Last May, when the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office ran a similar program more than 200 guns were turned in.