Monday, March 18th, 2013

Morris Gun Buyback Program Collects 600 Weapons

The Morris County Gun Buyback Amnesty Program conducted March 15 and 16 in Madison and Morristown resulted in the successful surrender of 600 weapons and paid out $49,550.00, said Acting Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

The amnesty program was designed to remove dangerous weapons from the streets with no questions asked.

Of the 600 weapons collected, 15 were illegal assault weapons, Knapp said. The others included 251 rifles and shotguns, 192 revolvers, 91 semi-automatic weapons, 33 BB guns and 18 inoperable weapons, Knapp said.

“I am extremely pleased with the results of the Gun Buyback Amnesty Program, Knapp said. “A great deal of effort went into this event. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and its partners took 600 potentially dangerous firearms off the streets of Morris County.”

Under the program, individuals who brought their unloaded guns to Saint Paul Inside the Walls in Madison and Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown received $250 for assault weapons, $150 for semi-automatic handguns, $100 for revolvers, $50 for shotguns and rifles and $25 for inoperable firearms.

Monies for the program were supplied by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Morris County Park Police and Morris County CrimeStoppers. The program was sponsored in partnership with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Madison Police, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Morris County Park Police, Morris County CrimeStoppers and the Morris Area Clergy Council.