Morris County Gun Buyback Amnesty Program

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parsippany newspaper

fredric-knappActing Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp in partnership with 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 announce a Gun Buyback Amnesty Program for residents of Morris County.  The program will be held on Friday, March 15  and Saturday, March 16 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

This initiative is an amnesty program designed to remove dangerous weapons from the streets with “No Questions Asked.”  This program will accept firearms from all persons including juveniles without requiring the disclosure of names or other personal information.

The program will be held at the following locations:

Friday, March 15 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saint Paul Inside the Walls

205 Madison Avenue

Madison, New Jersey 07940

Saturday, March 16 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church

70 Maple Avenue

Morristown, New Jersey 07960

 

The public shall be able to surrender firearms at the above locations on a “walk-in basis.”  Detectives from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Officers from the Madison Police Department, Officers from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from the Morris County Park Police shall accept the firearms and will be responsible for completing the necessary administrative paperwork in accordance with their return.

This Gun Buyback Amnesty Program shall be conducted within the parameters of the New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines for Voluntary Firearms Surrender Programs dated March 15, 1994.

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

TYPE OF WEAPON

AMOUNT OF REIMBURSEMENT IN CASH

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.

Individuals will not be compensated for more than three (3) weapons.  Law Enforcement Officers and Licensed Firearms Dealers are NOT eligible to participate in this program.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp, Attorney General Chiesa, Madison Police Chief Dachisen, Morris County Sheriff Rochford, Morris County Park Police Chief Wieland, and CrimeStoppers Chairman Sette would especially like to thank Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson, Reverend Paul S. Manning of St. Paul Inside the Walls, and Reverend Janet Broderick of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church for permitting the use of their facilities for this program.

Residents with questions about the gun buyback program can call Detective Keisha Higgs of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6268 or khiggs@co.morris.nj.us

Any inquiries related to this press release can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at (973) 285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

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