Community welfare at the heart of gun buyback in Morris Co., New Jersey

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In 2021, New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne Jr., introduced Bill H.R.3159 - Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act to Congress. The bill has not yet to become a federal law. Therefore, the New Jersey Attorney General and county officials are conducted a gun buyback program on May 14th - May 15th, in Morris County

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Gun buyback programs have proved a success in New Jersey. Morris County is having one this weekend.NJ Advance Media

States have taken it upon themselves to encourage people with cash for guns through gun buyback programs in various states.

In 1999, the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) appropriated $310 million for Drug Elimination grants. $243.8 million of the appropriation went toward Public Housing Authorities (PHA) and Indian Housing Authorities (IHA) for anti-crime and anti-drug efforts and programs. $40 million split between Operation Safe Home and the New Approach Anti-Drug Program, represent the federal government’s approach to drug and gun elimination programs.

In Kentucky law, Requirements for local gun buy-back programs, sets the rules for which [mostly] law enforcement agencies participating in ‘gun buyback programs’ must do the following:

  • Check surrendered firearms against local, state, and federal records of stolen firearms. If found, return the firearm to the rightful owner.
  • Make an attempt to arrest a person in possession of a firearm, knowing it was stolen.

For an upcoming gun buyback program in Morris County New Jersey, gun seller’s can receive up to $300 on each of no more than 3 guns, according to the DailyRecord. This weekend’s gun buyback in New Jersey does not require gun-sellers to disclose their names or other personal information.

The May 14th - 15th gun buyback program has two locations:

Saturday May 14th: 9-5 PM

Budd Lake Fire Department

Route 46, Budd Lake, NJ 07828

Sunday May 15th: 9-5 PM

Parsippany Police Athletic League

33 Baldwin Rd, Parsippany, NJ 07054

For a 2013 gun buyback program in Morris County, New Jersey, $49,550 was paid to gunsellers for 600 weapons. This year, the program has received $60,000 from the American Rescue Plan, New Jersey Attorney General's Office, and the county CrimeStoppers.

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The Morris County Coat of Arms was adopted in 1956.Morriscountynj.gov

For more information about the Morris County, New Jersey gun buyback program happening this weekend, visit the the Daily Record.

Credits:

Congress.gov

Housing and Urban Development

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Daily Record

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