In his first press conference as acting state attorney general, Andrew Bruck laid out a strategy to target the surge of gun violence in New Jersey cities. Bruck announced criminal charges against 14 defendants linked to the Trinitarios Street Gang in Paterson, where members were allegedly planning a violent conflict with a rival drug gang to claim territory. Paterson alone saw a 25% increase in fatal shootings during the first half of this year.
The state is also beginning a separate, multi-agency operation to focus on removing violent offenders from the streets and initiating more gun buybacks as part of a “Guns for Cash” program. Residents can turn in firearms with no questions asked and earn up to $250 per weapon.