Five Essex county municipalities have joined together to get as many guns off the street as possible.
Guns will be assessed with “no questions asked" on a sliding scale, ranging from $50 for an inoperable weapon to up to $250 for an operable assault weapon, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
Montclair, East Orange, Irvington, Newark and Orange will co-sponsor a county-wide gun buy-back program in February.
Essex County residents can anonymously turn in up to three guns with no questions asked between 8 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Feb. 15 and 16 at one of the following locations:
- St. Paul AME Church, 15-21 Sanford Street, East Orange
- Christian Love Baptist Church, 830 Lyons Avenue, Irvington
- Union Baptist Church, 12-14 Midland Avenue, Montclair;
- Calvary Gospel Church, 17 Lyons Avenue, Newark
- Paradise Baptist Church, 348-352 15th Avenue, Newark
- The Church of Epiphany, 105 Main Street, Orange.
The gun buy-back will work on a first come, first served basis and funding is limited.
The Attorney General’s Office will be paying to buy back the guns with criminal forfeiture monies obtained by its Division of Criminal Justice.
The Essex County gun buy-back event is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Montclair, East Orange, Irvington, Newark and Orange Police departments.
For more information, contact the state's Office of the Attorney General at (609) 984-5828, or go to www.nj.gov/guns.