The state attorney generals office is stepping in to help control the gun violence in Atlantic County.
2012 was one of the most deadly years for Atlantic County when it came to gun violence. Now the county prosecutor and the state attorney general's office are stepping up their efforts to make things safer by holding a gun buy back program.
"This is an anonymous program. It is not being run in order to get info for criminal prosecution this is a joint effort between law enforcement and the community to take very dangerous instruments out of our homes and make the county safer," acting prosecutor James McClain said.
After nearly breaking the homicide record in 2012 people like Citique Holland say this is a step in the right direction.
"Even if you take one gun off the street. That's one gun less that somebody has," Citique Holland said.
Officers will be on hand at two locations to collect the guns later this month. After the firearms are turned in they will be analyzed for statistical purposes and then destroyed.
Each gun has a different value.
"Two hundred fifty dollars will be paid for an assault weapon or any type of illegal fire arm; for a revolver, semi auto handgun or shot gun or rife 150 dollars will be paid. 50 dollars will be paid for inoperable guns and 25 dollars will be paid for any bb gun," McClain said.
For every gun off the street, Citique Holland says she will feel just a little safer.
"It's not a good feeling being a mom feeling that you hope that your children and grandchildren are safe every time they walk out the door you just pray they come back.
The gun buy back program will take place March 22nd and 23rd at the Second Baptist Church in Atlantic City and at the Faith Baptist Church in Pleasantville from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can do this anonymously and with no questions asked.
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