Hoboken To Hold Gun Buyback Program on June 22

The Hoboken Police Department has announced it will host a gun buyback program on June 22, pending final approval from New Jersey’s Office of the Attorney General.  According to Mator Ravi Bhalla, residents can voluntarily surrender up to three firearms, with no questions asked, to receive as much as $350 per weapon.
The program will be funded by the city with a goal of removing firearms from the municipality and reducing the potential for gun violence.
The buyback event will be held at Hoboken Police Headquarters between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
According to a city press release, people turning in guns will receive cash immediately following the surrender of the firearm. The amount is dependent on the type of firearm being surrendered:
  • Inoperable: $40 each
  • Rifle/Shotgun: $200 each
  • Handgun (semi-automatic/revolver): $250 each
  • Assault Weapon/Illegal: $350 each
BB guns will not be eligible for cash compensation.
If you wish to hand in firearms, you are asked to register in advance by either signing up online here: https://hoboken.seamlessdocs.com/f/gunbuyback, picking up a form at HPD headquarters, or printing out a form at www.hobokenpdnj.gov. All firearms must be listed on the registration form. Registrants do not need to provide identification and can remain anonymous.
Mayor Bhalla stated, “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.  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,” said Public Safety Director Ken Ferrante. “If we take one gun off the streets, perhaps we are protecting one family from the devastation Damon’s family is going through today.”
“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, ” said Amy Faucher and Hoboken Councilwoman Emily Jabbour, Co-leaders of Hudson County Moms Demand Action. “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.”
Anyone with questions about the gun buyback can call HPD Headquarters at 201-420-2100 x 3155. 

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