ELIZABETH, NJ - Union County residents with unwanted guns in their possession can turn them in for up to $250 each at either of two locations on October 27, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Anyone turning in a gun may do so anonymously. Gun buybacks are designed to enable anyone to turn in any gun, in any condition, with no questions asked. The program provides for residents to turn in up to three firearms and receive up to $250 for each weapon.

Guns can be brought to either of the following locations:

Elizabeth: The Macedonia Baptist Church, located at 1251 Fairmount Avenue.

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Plainfield: The Visions of God Family Worship Church, located 350 Leland Avenue.

Participants are advised that weapons transported by car must be put in a closed container and kept in the trunk.

To reduce any risk of theft or mishap, participants are also advised to proceed directly to the drop-off location, without making any stops for errands or social calls.

“Gun buyback events have safely taken hundreds of guns off the streets and out of our homes and neighborhoods. Buybacks also help raise awareness about the risk of gun violence in our community,” said Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “If you have a gun in your possession that you no longer want, for any reason, I encourage you to participate in the October 27 buyback.”

The gun buyback event is sponsored by the Union County Prosecutor and the Union County Sheriff with the Union County Division of Police and the police departments of the cities of Elizabeth and Plainfield.

For questions about the buyback event, call the Union County Department of Public Safety at 908-654-9816.