Bergen County Sheriff’s Office to Offer Countywide Gun Buyback
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, March 08, 2013, 07:51 PM EST
The 2013 Gun Buyback is being held in conjunction with local law enforcement in light of the recent acts of gun violence that have taken place across our nation. Funded by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office with money seized from criminal activities, the initiative will take place at the following places of worship conveniently located all across the county:
April 13 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Our Lady of Mount Virgin
St. Joseph’s Center
188 MacArthur Avenue
Mount Olive Baptist Church
260 Central Ave
Rhema Worship Center Church
156 Passaic Street
First Presbyterian Church
401 Maywood Avenue
Our Lady of Mercy Church
46 Pascack Road April 14 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
90 West Demarest Avenue
Temple Beth Sholom
40-25 Fair Lawn Avenue
Trinity Baptist Church
218 Passaic Street
New Hope Baptist Church
214 Berdan Place
Saint Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church
225 Center Street
First Baptist Church
1592 Teaneck Road
Individuals can turn in firearms to receive up to $300 for each firearm surrendered. Compensation varies by firearm type: $20 for non-operational weapons, $80 for rifles and shotguns, $100 for handguns, and $300 for automatic assault weapons and machine guns.
On April 13 and 14, BCSO firearms experts and officers will examine and secure all firearms upon arrival at each surrender site. An officer will assist each individual in completing a voluntary surrender form that includes a general description of each firearm, time and date of surrender, and amount of compensation provided. Complimentary trigger locks and gun safety information will also be provided at each location.
All firearms should be carried unloaded and contained in a closed and fastened case, gun box, securely tied package, or locked in the trunk of the automobile in which they are being transported. Ammunition should be transported in a separate container. Officers will be on hand to assist individuals with carrying weapons safely into each Buyback location.
This is the second initiative of its kind in Bergen County history. The Sheriff’s Office held a very successful Gun Buyback in 2010, which netted a total collection of 708 eligible firearms, including two assault weapons and scores of handguns, rifles and shotguns.
“Gun violence knows no bounds,” Sheriff Michael Saudino said. “Intentional violence and accidental discharges involving firearms can destroy families and communities. If we can take just one dangerous weapon out of our homes or off our streets, we can make Bergen County a safer place for all residents.”
For more information about the Bergen County Gun Buyback, please contact BCSO’s Community Outreach Unit at 201-336-3540.