New Jersey is conducting a gun buyback program in several cities, including Paterson, on August 7 to reduce street gun violence.
New Jersey residents can anonymously turn in up to three guns no questions asked. State will pay up to $250 per weapon.
The “Guns for Cash” events will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at:
- Gilmore Memorial Tabernacle, located at 68 Bishop Clarence Gilmore Blvd. in Paterson;
- St. Luke’s Baptist Church, located at 139 Carroll Street (A.M. Tyler Place) in Paterson;
- New Vision Baptist Church, located at 100 Warrington Place in East Orange;
- The Prudential Center, located at 25 Lafayette St in Newark;
- Atlantic City Fire Station No. 1, located at 900 Atlantic Avenue in Atlantic City.
“We are taking every step possible to combat the rise in gun violence across our state,” said governor Phil Murphy. “With this no questions asked gun buyback initiative, we hope to reach the communities that have been most devastated by gun violence. We are committed to building a safer future in New Jersey.”
Police officers will be stationed at each location to collect and secure the guns. The initiative is funded with forfeiture dollars seized by local, county, and state law enforcement agencies.
“The rise in shootings across our country and throughout our state is deeply painful, and our Office is deploying all available tools to attack the problem from every possible angle,” said acting New Jersey attorney general Andrew Bruck. “This buyback initiative is part of our broad-based, ongoing efforts to stop the violence in our communities and save lives by reducing the number of firearms in circulation. There are too many illegal guns on the street and too many people impacted by the trauma of gun violence, and I urge residents to help make their homes and their neighborhoods safer by participating in these gun buyback programs.”
Paterson police have been seizing illegal guns every week, highlighting the problem of guns in the streets that are used by criminals.
“Reducing gun violence requires a comprehensive response,” said Paterson police director Jerry Speziale. “We need to take every action to get them off our streets.”