State Gun Buyback Program Coming to Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 5:10pm  |  COMMENTS (19)

pistolToday state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced that Montclair will be among the five Essex County communities to participate in the next phase of the state’s gun buyback program. The other towns are East Orange, Irvington, Newark, and Orange. The Star Ledger reported from the press conference, where officials cited success with recently held buybacks in other Garden State cities. CBS News reports that the program will take place on February 15 and 16 at Union Baptist Church, 12-14 Midland Avenue, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Residents can bring in up to three firearms, and receive $250 each, no questions asked. More details are available at the website of the NJ Attorney General, and questions can be directed to the Attorney General’s Citizen Services unit, 609-984-5828.

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  1. POSTED BY cathar  |  January 31, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    I’d be interesting to stand outside wherever firearms will be “bought back” (terrible usage, almost implies the state sold folks the guns in the first place) to see exactly who turns in their weapons. I’ve always suspected that the likes of jerseygurl, silverleaf, yougottalovehim and so many others have muzzleloaders hanging above their fireplaces, after all, just in case either members of the Watchtower Bible Society or Republican pollsters come a-calling.

  2. POSTED BY townie  |  January 31, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    These buybacks often capture old, non-functioning firearms. I’d limit the program to those weapons such as assault rifles and large magazine clips that the tentatively proposed gun legislation would target.

  3. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  January 31, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    Cathar, guns frighten me. It’s too easy to make a mistake. I once held a BB gun. I was a young girl visiting my Baba in Eastern Europe and somehow I managed to shoot my foot. Not for me, thanks.

  4. POSTED BY overthinkingmontclair  |  January 31, 2013 @ 9:17 pm
  5. POSTED BY algb  |  January 31, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

    I love it. Now Montclair is equated with ‘East Orange, Irvington, Newark, and Orange. So now the truth comes out.

  6. POSTED BY Jimmytown  |  February 01, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    Haha, Bloomfield is being compared to Amherst and Montclair is being compared to East Orange. Maybe the world is over and we just haven’t realized it

  7. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  February 01, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    . . . and a little something waiting for you as well.

  8. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  February 01, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    Not you Jimmytown, the first poster.

  9. POSTED BY idratherbeat63  |  February 01, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    Gun buy back programs have been shown to be weak in curbing gun crime. But they do raise awareness. There are simply too many guns on the street, guns of all sorts. And too many innocent citizens and children are dying daily because of a small group of people who still believe we are living the American Revolution and that people with guns somehow protect us from our own government. We do need to do something.

    algb, you have a good point. This Town Council seems to think that the way out of debt is to destroy Montclair’s parks, invite in developers to build high rise buildings, build a new jail facility, and grow the town’s population by a third. Great news for anyone thinking of buying or selling a home in Montclair. The message is Come to Montclair, pay ridiculous taxes, start paying off other people’s debt, and watch your neighborhood go the way of Newark and East Orange.

  10. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  February 01, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    The talk of Montclair’s demise is premature. Keep dreaming your dark dreams, folks.

  11. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  February 01, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    “I’d be interesting to stand outside”…

    …cathar, there isn’t a single thing on this earth that would make you interesting…

    …not even your witless attempt to transfer the teabagger need to tightly clutch their penis substitutes onto folks who quite clearly do not share this need to overcompensate—i mean, protect their homes from tyranny…

  12. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  February 01, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Not even his ruminations on muzzleloaders hanging above fireplaces, Watchtower Bible Society or Republican pollsters?

    You certainly may be right.

  13. POSTED BY idratherbeat63  |  February 01, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Spiro T. Quayle: Montclair is still a great town to live in, especially for the wealthy. No one is suggesting that it needs to go the way of other towns around it. Certainly no one here has expressed it as their dream.

    In fact, we are asking that reasonable discussions and reasonable decisions are made in an open and democratic way. When excellent students from Montclair High School cannot get into mid-level colleges and universities, we have a right to be concerned. When the Town Council does not disclose the full amount of Montclair’s debt or how they want to finance projects, we have a right to want more information. If you support giving the town over to developers to build jails and high rise buildings while destroying park lands, then some of us might see the dark dream coming from another corner.

    It is better to hold this open discussion prematurely than post-factum. I think you would reasonably agree.

  14. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  February 01, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    I’d like to see some evidence of “excellent students” from MHS not getting into “mid-level colleges”. And it would need to be more than “my nephew” or “my neighbour’s daughter” or some other hearsay.

    I’d also like “excellent student” and “mid-level” defined.

  15. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  February 01, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    idatherbeat63:.. Here on Baristanet, you will see citizens expressing concerned dismay and disappointment whenever Montclair stumbles. You will also see gloating. This is usually posted by disenfranchised folks who feel the need to reduce Montclair down to the caricature of a self-absorbed, politically liberal aberration, one that is doomed to fail on account of what they believe is Montclair’s kumbaya naivete.

  16. POSTED BY idratherbeat63  |  February 01, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    croiagusanam: A good question that does need addressing in Montclair. And you are correct that hearsay or anecdotal information is not enough.

    Of course, it is that time of year again when the acceptance and rejection letters are coming to Montclair High seniors, and much talk about who has gotten in where and who didn’t make the cut. So good students in the top of their honors classes and with good test scores not getting in to mid-range state universities or similar liberal arts colleges raises questions of why.

    In September 2012 the Montclair High School was ranked 99th public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide according to New Jersey Monthly magazine. This is a ranking that has consistently dropped over the years. Other rankings are better, but not much.

    You are right. This is a topic that needs to be discussed and addressed. Importing unproven evaluation programs from other states at great expense while ignoring our teaching personnel is not a solution. If we lose the quality of our public schools and rely solely on the expensive private schools for good education, then the town will suffer.

  17. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  February 01, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    You’ve simply repeated the unproven assertion versus college acceptances, though you have now changed “excellent” students to “good” students. you’ve still offered no evidence of this, nor have you identified these “mid-level” schools.

    Citing NJ Monthly as some sort of proof is foolish. Thisranking is important from a realtor’s point of view, but that’s about it.

  18. POSTED BY idratherbeat63  |  February 01, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    croiagusanam: Foolish perhaps. Except if you saw your child worked hard at Montclair High School, only then to see dreams disappear because of the quality of the education. (And we are not speaking here of only one “your child.”)

    So what were the results of the 2012 graduates of Montclair High School students? How many entered four years earlier and how many graduated? How many proceeded to attend higher education institutions? What colleges and universities did they attend?

    Would you agree that these would be relevant figures to see? Would you agree that the BOE should publish those for 2013 as well?

    The fact remains excellent students, even if you consider them only anecdotal, are losing out on the better higher education opportunities.

  19. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  February 01, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    Each year MHS publishes the list of schools that students have decided to attend. It is in the guidance office and the Montclair Times. The other figures are also available at the guidance office. Did you ask?

    This “my child didn’t get into Harvard and its the school’s fault” whine is diagnostic. Its never the case that someone else was more qualified or even that factors such as geography, gender, race, participation in activities, etc. played a part. If every “qualified” kid got into Harvard they’d have a freshman class of 50,000. EVERYONE who applies is qualified, or they wouldn’t waste their time.

    So, did the poor dear have to attend {shudder!} RUTGERS!!!!

    Its the school’s fault!

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