PATERSON, NJ - In an effort to get guns off the streets of Paterson, authorities will be offering cash for firearms this week. 

The buyback program run by the Passaic County Sheriff's Office starts Thursday at Bethel A.M.E. Church at 2 Auburn Street and will run through Saturday. Authorities will be at the church from 10 am until 3 pm each of those three days.

Using money confiscated in narcotics cases, the sheriff's office will be offering $150 for assault weapons, $100 for operational handguns, $75 for rifles, shotguns and non-working guns and $25 for BB guns and paintball guns.

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Supporters of the program include the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Paterson Police Ceasefire Unit, Paterson Pastor’s Workshop, New Jersey Dominican Parade Association, Grandparents Relatives Care Resources Center, Inc., Project C.H.A.N.G.E., Latinos Merchant’s Association of New Jersey, B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. Organization of Paterson, Simon Bolivar Lions Club of Paterson Inc., Passaic County Sheriff’s Office PBA Locals 197 & 286, and Alonzo Moody.

Retired Det. Sgt. Andy Muckle is serving as community liaison in a volunteer role.
For additional information, contact the sheriff's command center at 973-389-5951.