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Making Money Off New Jersey’s Law-Breaking Gun Buy-Backs

Updated: Aug 8, 2021

Reposted by permission of John Petrolino


Ammoland Inc. Posted on July 31, 2021 by John Petrolino

How would it sound to you to get paid by the State of New Jersey to break the law? Well, if that is appealing to you then standby because you’re not going to want to miss this.

It’s no secret that New Jersey has conceivably the worst gun laws in the country. In the Garden State, subjects can only possess firearms legally under two circumstances according to the statute.

  1. If you want to possess (or purchase) a shotgun or rifle (long gun) you must have a valid firearm owner’s identification card.

  2. If you want to possess a handgun/pistol you must have a valid permit to carry.

Those are the circumstances of firearm possession in New Jersey not covered by the exemption.

To obtain a firearm owner’s identification card (FID) one must go through an application process, background check, proof of employment must be supplied, fingerprinting, mental health background check, paying off numerous fees, and having two people not related to the applicant vouch for them. Getting an FID is a pain but if you don’t have any disqualifiers, you’re usually granted one. Yes, there are plenty of hellacious exceptions to this and there are plenty of local jurisdictions that do not respect this fundamental right, but for the most part, getting an FID is straightforward in New Jersey.

To obtain a permit to carry, the ordinary peasants in the Garden State cannot get those. Unless you’re politically connected or in some sort of security-related field, you’re more than likely not going to obtain a permit to carry. New Jersey is one of the final holdout states that just does not think ordinary citizens are entitled to their enumerated, god-given, birthright to both keep and BEAR arms.

Every other scenario concerning the possession and transactions of firearms in the state of New Jersey is through a narrow group of exemptions. This is where you, a citizen, are being invited by the state to break the law and get paid!

You read that correctly, the New Jersey office of Attorney General is asking citizens to break the law, risking receiving felony convictions, by taking part in a so-called gun buyback program! But before we go over that, let’s discuss those possession exemptions to make sure we’re not missing anything.

Without either of the documents, a person may possess a firearm in their home, place of business that they own, at a range, and at a gunsmith’s shop. People may also transport their firearm directly from their home, to the range, or their place of business, etc., without any unnecessary deviations, and then directly back. To repeat, you can not drive or transport your firearms to any other place inside of NJ that is not one of these few listed exemptions.

Enter the New Jersey Attorney General’s office, the Chief Law Enforcement Agency for the entire state of New Jersey.

The AG’s website recently posted online the following:

GUN BUY BACK – CASH FOR GUNS EVENTS NJ residents can anonymously turn in up to 3 guns. NO questions asked! Saturday, August 7 10AM – 4PM Atlantic City, East Orange, Newark and Paterson Up to $250 per weapon!

The release continues:

In partnership with Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II, and Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill, Acting Attorney General Bruck announced that the state- and locally-sponsored “Guns for Cash” events will be held on Saturday, August 7 in locations in Passaic, Essex, and Atlantic counties. Residents can turn in firearms with “no questions asked,” and receive as much as $250 per weapon. Police officers will be stationed at each buyback location to collect and secure the guns. The gun buyback initiative is funded with forfeiture dollars obtained by the local police departments and County Prosecutors’ Offices, as well as forfeiture funds from the Division of Criminal Justice.

Where are these gun “buy backs”, more appropriately called by Cam Edwards “compensated confiscations” occurring?

  • East Orange New Vision Baptist Church 100 Warrington Place

  • Newark Prudential Center 25 Lafayette Street

  • Paterson St. Luke’s Baptist Church 139 Carroll Street (A.M. Tyler Place)

  • Atlantic City Atlantic City Fire Station No. 1 John R. Jasper Jr. Memorial Fire Station 900 Atlantic Avenue

  • Paterson Gilmore Memorial Tabernacle 68 Bishop Clarence Gilmore Blvd

There are a couple of things that your attention needs to be drawn to.

First, none of the locations listed are one of the places people are allowed to legally possess firearms within the state exemptions. Want to hand in a handgun for the whopping $250.00 bribe? Well, if you don’t have a permit to carry, you’d be breaking the law. Have an old rifle in the closet from granddad and want to be rid of it? If you don’t have an FID card, don’t even think about transporting your firearm to one of those locations. The AG’s office touts these as “safe locations“, but nowhere in New Jersey’s laws is there a vehicle to host one of these law-breaking buy-back events.

What assurances are people offered if they’re stopped on their way to one of these locations to dispose of a firearm? There are none. But hey, the AG says it’s okay to break the law.

Second, not that I advocate for this, but let’s be real here, the AG is making it super easy for criminals to dispose of evidence. Are you a criminal that is in possession of a defaced firearm or one that you discharged during a crime, like maybe a murder? Well, the AG will take that firearm from you “no questions asked”.

If you’re tired of throwing your murder weapons in the river, use this opportunity to make some money while ridding yourself of potentially harmful evidence to be in possession of.

And finally, third, there is money to be made here folks! Are you a collector? Do you have a LOT of guns? Do you have some