Lawmaker wants feds to fund ‘buybacks’ at 125 percent of gun’s value
By Chris Eger
A total of 4,775 guns were collected at New Jersey’s most recent gun buybacks, and a member of the Garden State’s Congressional delegation wants to take the program nationally. (Photo: Facebook)
A New Jersey Democrat has submitted a proposal to the U.S. House that would fund an environmentally friendly grant program to purchase unwanted guns.
Deemed the Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act, the bill would provide a two-year $360 grant to the U.S. Department of Justice to send out debit cards to gun dealers as well as state and local governments to be used to trade for guns which, in turn, would be destroyed. The bill’s author says the program reduces the number of guns in circulation, thus contributing to public safety.
“Although no one piece of legislation will eliminate all gun violence, this bill will get guns off the streets and keep them out of the hands of people who wish to cause harm,” U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, D-NJ, said in a statement. “If we can get one gun off the street, if we can save one life, then we have to take action.”
Payne’s bill, entered as HR 3613, would use the allocated funds in the pilot program to buy guns for