Have an unwanted gun and need grocery money? Northampton County hosting buyback. – lehighvalleylive.com

Have an unwanted gun and need grocery money? Northampton County hosting buyback. – lehighvalleylive.com

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Northampton County is hosting a gun buyback next month, District Attorney Terry Houck’s office announced.
It’s no questions asked, so participants don’t have to live in the county.
The county DA’s office is offering the program in an effort to reduce violence, in partnership with the Bethlehem and Colonial Regional police departments. It’ll be the first in a series of gun buybacks, Houck said.
The buyback is scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, rain or shine at the Bethlehem Fire Department’s Lincoln Fire Station, 2412 Easton Ave., and at the Hecktown Fire Co., 230 Nazareth Pike in Lower Nazareth Township.
Participants will receive gift cards to area grocery stores ranging from $50 to $200, as determined by county detectives and police from the two departments who will be on hand to assess each firearm, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Davin Jurgensen said.
All firearms surrendered will become property of police, and will go through ballistics testing to see if they are evidence in any unsolved crimes, she said.
“If so, those will be retained as evidence while all other weapons will be destroyed,” Jurgensen told lehighvalleylive.com.
Houck’s office is funding the buyback through crime-forfeiture funds. Houck in August said the county’s drug-forfeiture program took in $245,585 during the fiscal year that ran through June, as well as two firearms and six vehicles — representing an increase of more than $113,428 from the previous fiscal year.
Rifles, handguns, shotguns and semiautomatic weapons will be accepted. Participants are asked to safely transport their firearm unloaded in the trunk or rear of their vehicle.
Advance registration is not required.
Northampton County previously purchased unwanted firearms under former District Attorney John Morganelli, who is now a judge in the county court of common pleas.
Syracuse police take part in a community gun buyback July 24, 2021, in the Upstate New York community, sponsored by the state Attorney General’s Office and the city of Syracuse.Dennis Nett file photo | For syracuse.com
Editor’s note: This article was updated to reflect that this is the first in a planned series of gun buybacks.
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