Hudson County residents can anonymously surrender a maximum of three firearms for up to $250 cash per weapon on Oct. 20 at Heavenly Temple Church of God in Jersey City and St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Union City.
The program is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the Jersey City Police Department, and the Union City Police Department, as well as Jersey City Medical Center-RWJBarnabus Health, the official corporate co-sponsor.
“Gun buyback events provide residents with a simple and efficient way to dispose of an unwanted firearm and they generate an atmosphere of trust between police and the community,” Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement. “We appreciate the collaboration of our law enforcement partners and the participation of the event hosts and the co-sponsors to help keep our communities safe and to make this event a success.”
Guns will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., no questions asked, Suarez said. The weapons will be destroyed after they are collected.
Law Enforcement Officers will be stationed at both locations to assist with the valuation of the weapons. They will also help to collect and secure all firearms.
“As an anchor healthcare institution in Hudson County, Jersey City Medical Center is committed to building a healthier community beyond the walls of our hospital,” said Michael Prilutsky, president and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center. “Addressing violence in the community by co-sponsoring the Gun Buyback program is just one way that we demonstrate this commitment.”
For additional information the program, contact the HCPO at 201-324-6215 or visit its website at www.hcpo.org.
Heavenly Temple Church of God is located at 15 Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City. St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church is located at 615 Eighth St. in Union City.
Editors note: This story has been updated to show the guns will be destroyed after they are collected and to clarify that the public may surrender a maximum of three firearms for up to $250 cash per weapon.
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