NJ attorney general announces gun buyback in Atlantic County

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PLEASANTVILLE – As part of a statewide effort to reduce gun violence by taking firearms out of circulation, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced Thursday that a state-sponsored gun buyback program for residents of Atlantic County will be held Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23 at churches in Atlantic City and Pleasantville.

Guns can be turned in 8 a.m.-8 p.m. both days at the Second Baptist Church, 110 Rev. Dr. Isaac S. Coles Plaza, Atlantic City, and Faith Baptist Church, 829 Tilton Road, Pleasantville.

Residents can turn in as many as three firearms of any type – no questions asked – and receive up to $250 per weapon, depending on the type of gun and its condition. Police officers will be stationed at the two churches to collect and secure the guns.

Criminal forfeiture monies obtained by its Division of Criminal Justice and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office will fund the gun buybacks.

Chiesa noted that in the three prior state-sponsored buybacks, more than a thousand of the guns turned in were illegal because they had unlawfully high ammunition capacities, sawed-off barrels or were otherwise modified. He said that the most recent buyback in Essex County netted a number of extraordinarily lethal weapons, including an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle similar to one used in the Newtown, Conn., mass shootings.

“The people and agencies working together on this buyback initiative have come together for a common goal: to save lives and create safer neighborhoods by getting guns off our streets,” Chiesa said in a statement announcing the cash-for-guns amnesty program. “I urge the residents of Atlantic County to support this effort to make New Jersey safer by coming out later this month and selling back their firearms.”

For information call the Attorney General citizen services unit at (609) 984-5828 or see www.nj.gov/guns. 

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