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August 3, 2017

Law enforcement officials collected close to 5,000 deadly weapons last weekend in a gun buyback in Newark, Camden, and Trenton. That cache represents more weapons than ever were collected across the state in a single year through arrests and seizures.

“…the gun numbers tell only part of the story,” said Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino. “From what I observed – and I spent time at all three locations – there was a very positive conversation around each of these buyback events. Communities were working together.”

The weapons collected included 1,973 handguns, 1,142 shotguns, 1,025 rifles, and 129 assault weapons. People were paid $100 for turning in a rifle or shotgun, $120 for a handgun or revolver, and $200 for an assault weapon, up to a maximum of $600 per person. The buybacks took place at the Antioch Baptist Church in Camden, the Friendship Baptist Church in Trenton, and the Greater Abyssinian Baptist Church in Newark. Forfeiture monies ($481,620) seized by law enforcement from criminals, street gangs, drug-dealers, and other offenders funded the buybacks.

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