AUTHORITIES_RUMSON2Rumson is one of two Monmouth County towns that will serve as collection sites Friday and Saturday for a gun buyback program.

Weapons may be surrendered anonymously, with no questions asked, at the borough police department and at a site in Asbury Park under a program run by the county prosecutor’s office.

From the announcement by Prosecutor Christopher Gramiciconi:

The gun buyback program will take place at Shiloh Community Fellowship Church, 142 Dewitt Ave., Asbury Park and the Rumson Police Department, 80 East River Road, on Friday, Friday September 20, and Saturday, September 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Any county resident can anonymously surrender a weapon without fear of having answer questions about their identity or how they came into possession of a weapon.

Cash will be paid for various weapons turned in at the surrender points: $200 for an assault weapon; $100 for handguns; and $25 for shotguns and rifles. Ammunition, pellet and BB guns may be surrendered at the locations but there will be no compensation for those items.

“No questions asked and get cash back: that is the philosophy behind our gun buyback program. Residents can bring in weapons to either of the two locations we have established without fear of getting in trouble,” Gramiccioni said.

All weapons should be unloaded and transported safely, in accordance with the law.

The gun buyback program is sponsored by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Monmouth County Police Chiefs’ Association.

In March, county residents turned in a total of 1,581 guns – including 15 assault weapons — during the two-day buyback held at locations in Asbury Park and Keansburg.