Seven individuals who took advantage of the “Gun Turn-In” event at the Brick Township Police Headquarters to submit a total of 13 guns, ten long guns (rifles) and three handguns, for safe disposal.
Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Brick Township Police Chief James Riccio said the event was a collaborative effort by their agencies to give people a safe and convenient option to dispose of unwanted firearms before a tragedy occurs.
The guns turned-in can never be stolen in a burglary and used later in a violent crime. Additionally, they can never fall into the hands of a curious child and cause the death of that child, a friend, or some other innocent person.
The seven individuals who took advantage of the program were directed to transport their unwanted guns to the event locked in the trunk of their vehicle unloaded and contained in a closed and fastened case, gun-box or securely tied package.
The most common reasons heard for the turn-ins were that they had received the firearm after the death of a loved one or that they purchased the firearm many years ago and now no longer had interest in keeping the weapon.
All those who turned over weapons expressed appreciation for a convenient way to dispose of the firearms.
The success of the event has already brought requests from other local police chiefs to partner with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for additional events in their areas.
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