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Hoboken Police Department Hosting Gun Buyback Program on 6/22

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On Thursday, May 30th, the City of Hoboken announced that the Hoboken Police Department will be hosting a gun buyback. The event will be on Saturday, June 22nd from 8AM-4PM at the Hoboken Police Headquarters, located at 106 Hudson Street. Residents can voluntarily surrender up to three firearms for cash, no questions asked. The program seeks to remove firearms from Hoboken and reduce the potential for gun violence in and around the City. Read on for what you need to know about the gun buyback program happening in Hoboken, New Jersey this June.

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What to Know

Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken announced via a press release on Thursday, May 30th that the Hoboken Police Department will host a gun buyback event on Saturday, June 22nd from 8AM-4PM at the Hoboken Police Headquarters, located at 106 Hudson Street in Hoboken.

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The City of Hoboken will fund the program, which seeks to remove firearms from Hoboken and reduce the potential for gun violence in and around Hoboken.

Residents can voluntarily surrender up to three firearms, with no questions asked, to receive as much as $350 per weapon. Participants will receive cash immediately following the surrender of the firearm. The amount is dependent on the type of firearm being surrendered:

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  • Inoperable: $40 each
  • Rifle/shotgun: $200 each
  • Handgun (semi-automatic/revolver): $250 each
  • Assault weapon/illegal: $350 each

BB guns are excluded from compensation.

 

 

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Participants are asked to register in advance by signing up online, picking up a form at HPD headquarters, or printing out a form on the department’s website. All firearms must be listed on the registration form, and registrants do not need to provide identification and can remain anonymous.

Anyone with questions about the gun buyback can call HPD Headquarters at 201-420-2100, extension 3155.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Public Safety Director Ken Ferrante, and Amy Faucher + Councilwoman Emily Jabbour (Co-leaders of Hudson County Moms Demand Action) provided comments on the upcoming program.

“We understand that Hoboken, compared to other cities, is not known for gun violence. But even one shooting death in our City is one too many, and if this buyback can prevent even a single instance of gun violence, it is well worth it,” Mayor Bhalla said. “I offer my sincere thanks to all law enforcement officials who took the time to review and consider this program. I would also like to thank the residents who I spoke with following Damon Murray’s tragic passing, for supporting this decision.”

“The rise in gun violence is a national epidemic but having recently lost one of our own, makes this personal for me and our Public Safety Department,” Public Safety Director Ken Ferrante said. “If we take one gun off the streets, perhaps we are protecting one family from the devastation Damon’s family is going through today.”

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“On behalf of Moms Demand Action of Hudson County, we want to thank the City of Hoboken for pursuing a gun buyback program as an approach to getting both legal and illegal guns out of our City without risk of prosecution – even if only one gun is collected, that’s one less gun that’s on our streets, ” Amy Faucher + Councilwoman Emily Jabbour, Co-leaders of Hudson County Moms Demand Action, said. “This short-term action item must be part of a broader vision for the City of Hoboken to invest in programs that meaningfully engage our youth to prevent future tragedies. Moms Demand Action looks forward to being part of this ongoing conversation.”

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