Ocean County Prosecutors and Brick Township Police collect 26-guns in their "Gun Turn-In" event which allowed people to safely and conveniently turn in their firearms in an effort to prevent further accidents and tragedies.

The program held at the Brick Township Police Headquarters on Chambers Bridge Road this past Saturday collected a total of 13 guns, 10 long guns (rifles) and 3 handguns, turned into Brick PD and OCPO members for safe disposal.

Ocean County Prosecutors Office Spokesman Al Della Fave says all of the guns turned in will be destroyed.

The guns turned-in can never be stolen in a burglary and used later in a violent crime or fall into the hands of a curious child and cause the death of that child, a friend, or some other innocent person.

Seven people turned in their unwanted guns 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," Della Fave said. "All expressed their appreciation for the convenient option to dispose of the firearms."

He says the success of the event in Ocean County has them now receiving requests from other police chiefs in the area to do a "Gun Turn-In" event in their township.

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