Amnesty program allows for the turn in of any gun and/or ammunition – no questions asked!
The Board of County Commissioners informs residents that those with unwanted guns in their possession can turn them in at the upcoming Union County Gun Amnesty Turn-In Event, scheduled for Saturday, April 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Calvary Assembly Church, located at 242 Shunpike Road, in Springfield.
No questions will be asked, and guns or ammunition in any condition will be accepted. All persons turning in accepted items may do so anonymously. Residents may also turn in unused prescription drugs in the form of pills and liquids during the event. Syringes and sharps will not be accepted.
“We hope this event raises awareness about the importance of getting unwanted guns off our streets and out of our neighborhoods,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca L. Williams. “We will take any gun, regardless of how it came into your possession. Amnesty programs are needed now more than ever, as communities in New Jersey and across the country face a new wave of deadly gun violence.”
“Gun turn-in events have proved to be an incredibly successful opportunity for the community and law enforcement to come together in support of safer communities,” said Union County Prosecutor William Daniel. “I urge anyone with unwanted firearms, ammunition, and prescription drugs to participate in the upcoming amnesty turn-in program in Springfield on April 23rd.”
As a reminder, the event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 23, on a walk-in basis. No appointment or pre-registration is needed, and no questions will be asked.
There is no limit to how many guns, ammunition or prescription drugs that residents can turn in.
Those arriving on foot should convey their weapon in a sturdy, closed container. Persons arriving by car must keep the container in their trunk while in transit.
To reduce the risk of theft or mishap, participants are also advised to proceed directly to the drop-off location, without making any stops for errands or social calls.
COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed at the event. Masks are suggested indoors.
The Union County Gun Amnesty program is supported by the Union County Board of County Commissioners and sponsored by the Union County Prosecutor and the Union County Sheriff with the Union County Division of Police and the Springfield Police Department.
For questions about the buyback event, call the Union County Department of Public Safety at 908-654-9816.
For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.