Gun Buyback Program Announced For Mercer County Residents - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Gun Buyback Program Announced For Mercer County Residents

Posted: Updated:
TRENTON, N.J. -

A gun buyback program taking place later this month for residents of Mercer County will be the second such event in two months in New Jersey.

The new gun buyback program comes on the heels of a two-day program in Camden last month that netted more than 1,000 guns, including a number of assault rifles.

The $100,000 state-sponsored event is scheduled to be held at two churches, the Pentecostal Assembly of God Church and the Greater Mount Zion AME Church, on Jan. 25 and 26. Organizers say residents can receive a cash payment of up to $250 per weapon.

New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced Thursday that police officers will be stationed at the two churches to collect and secure guns.

The Attorney General's Office will pay for the buyback, Chiesa said, with forfeiture funds obtained by the Division of Criminal Justice, meaning there is no cost to state taxpayers.

"As we all know - and as we were tragically reminded in December with the Sandy Hook shootings -- there are just too many guys out there and too many people dying as a result of gun violence," Chiesa said during a news conference. "If we can save one life through this initiative, then it's money well spent."

Residents with questions about the gun buyback program can call the Attorney General's Citizen services unit at 609-984-5828. Additional information is available online at: www.nj.gov/guns.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:42:38 GMT
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
  • September Sizzle

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:49 GMT

    Summer is not over just yet!  Hot and humid conditions much of the week with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

    Tuesday (91/72): Clouds/Storm

     

     

     

    Summer is not over just yet!  Hot and humid conditions much of the week with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

    There is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Tuesday.

    Tuesday (91/72): Clouds/Storm

     

    Wednesday (90/74): Sun/Clouds

     

    Thursday (89/67): Sunny/Hot

     

     

  • How Young Is Too Young To Fly Alone?

    How Young Is Too Young To Fly Alone?

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-09-01 14:43:52 GMT

    Would you let your child fly alone? If that answer is "yes," big changes may be on the way for American Airlines. See why you could be paying big bucks for your child's next trip.

    Would you let your child fly alone? If that answer is "yes," big changes may be on the way for American Airlines. See why you could be paying big bucks for your child's next trip.

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices