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Morris County to Hold Gun Buyback Program This Weekend


Morris County will hold a gun buyback program this weekend that officials hope will remove weapons from the streets.

The Gun Buyback Amnesty Program will be held on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The program is a joint effort of Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, Madison Police Chief Darren Dachisen, Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford, Morris County Park Police Chief David Wieland, Morris County CrimeStoppers Chairman John Sette, and the Morris Area Clergy Council.

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This initiative is an amnesty program designed to remove dangerous weapons from the streets with no questions asked, officials said. This program will accept firearms from everyone, including juveniles, without requiring the disclosure of names or other personal information.

The program will be held at the following locations:

Friday, March 15, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Saint Paul Inside the Walls
205 Madison Avenue

Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church
70 Maple Avenue

Individuals returning guns will receive cash in return for the guns that they bring in. The cash compensation will be as follows:

Assault Weapons: $250
Semi-Automatic Handguns: $150
Revolvers: $100
Rifles/Shotguns: $50
Inoperable Firearms: $25
BB Pellet Guns: No cash value

All individuals participating in the Gun Buyback Program are encouraged to surrender unloaded weapons wrapped in paper, tied with string or tape and transported in a box or container. Participants are not to conceal weapons on their person.

For more information, contact Detective Keisha Higgs of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6268 or visit www.morrisprosecutor.org

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