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Montclair to Host County Gun Buy-Back

The program got a boost of about $50,000 to take guns off the street after the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and state Attorney General jumped on board.

 

Montclair will be teaming up with Essex County to get guns off the street.

The township and county will be holding a gun buy-back in February where anyone can bring in their guns for cash. The gun buy-back was announced last month soon after the school shooting of 20 children and seven adults in Newtown, Conn.

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson initially presented the gun buy-back only for Montclair after an anonymous resident committed $10,000 to buy back weapons. 

However, the county has since reached out to the township to hold joint countywide gun buy-back. 

“The county though it was a great idea,” said Montclair Business Manager Marc Dashield. “And they decided that they wanted to get involved in the whole process.”

The program will now additionally include East Orange, Newark, Orange and other nearby cities.  

“Anything that gets the guns off the street is a good thing,” said Jackson at the council conference on Tuesday. 

The county’s inclusion will also bring added funds to buy back even more weapons. 

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and state Attorney General will contribute about $50,000, said Dashield. However, Dashield said he is now not sure whether the anonymous Montclair donors will still make their donation for the gun-buy back. 

The weapons buy-back will be in mid-February. The location has yet to be announced, but Dashield said it will likely be in a Montclair house of worship. 

Stuck in the Middle January 12, 2013 at 09:41 PM
The FBI provides some interesting data on crimes committed in the US, including categorizing crimes by the root cause (robbery, rape, kidnapping, etc). The number 1 identified cause for homicides committed with firearms is "arguments". The moral of the story is that guns are bad news when tempers flare.
I'd-Rather-Be-at-63 January 13, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Interesting article in Today's patch supporting the statistics Stuck in the Middle brings to this discussion: a Deptford police officer is now charged with murder for shooting another man in the head in the officer's own home. The terms "criminal" and "sociopath" are only applicable in hindsight, as this shooting by a man in blue makes clear. Living in a society with more guns in the civil population than the largest 35 armies in the world combined (including the US), does not make us safe by any stretch of the imagination. The US is #1 in the world for the percentage of guns held by the civil population. Yemen is #2. Good company?
scarletxknight January 14, 2013 at 01:55 AM
thank you - it could not have been said any better.
MikeM January 14, 2013 at 03:35 AM
The point I was making in my posting is the use of public funds for this program. If private citizens want to use their own funds (like the anonymous donor) that's fine with me. I'm against the county and the state using taxpayers dollars on a program that will not work. That $50,000, originally earmarked for law enforcement, can be put to better use. If the response to that is to spend more money ($100,000 or $500,000), that's folly!! I don't own a gun nor am I a member of the NRA, just a harmless accountant. But I do know foolish government expenditures when I see it. Just read an article today in the Montclair Times about a fatal stabbing over an argument. Any suggestions how we're to social engineer that problem away?.
I'd-Rather-Be-at-63 January 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM
MikeM, your point is well taken and certainly valid. Buy-back programs alone won't work, and social engineering will not stop all violence. What is needed is a reasonable discussion on how to curb access to and the use of guns for other than legitimate purposes. The anonymous Montclair resident who launched this campaign has surely helped discussion as have your contributions here. Let's push for a more open and balanced discussion on guns in the hands of civilians in Montclair, in the state and nationally. But keep in mind that actions are needed, that they do contribute to the discussion, even if they do not have in themselves the solution we seek. I think you are right to question how this law enforcement money is being spent.

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