NJ gun buyback effort nets 4,775 weapons

My Central Jersey – by Suzanne Russell

Nearly 5,000 weapons were taken off streets in New Jersey following a two-day gun buyback program last weekend in Newark, Camden and Trenton.

A total of 4,775 guns were turned in for cash, according to Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and Acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick. Union County residents were encouraged to participate in the Newark program.

Turned in were 1,973 handguns, 1,142 shotguns and 1,025 rifles. A total of 129 assault weapons were received and received the highest payout of $200 each at buyback events at Antioch Baptist Church in Camden, the Friendship Baptist Church in Trenton and the Greater Abyssinian Baptist Church in Newark.   

More guns were collected in this two-day gun buyback event than across the state in a single year through law-enforcement arrests and seizures. The highest number of guns ever seized by law enforcement in one year in New Jersey is 4,079 in 2014.

“This was a collaborative effort in every respect, and it demonstrates once again that we are exponentially more effective when we work together,” said Porrino. “Through this initiative, thousands of unwanted firearms have been taken off the streets of our state and will soon be destroyed. That’s a step forward in our continuing effort to curb gun violence.

“Again, a gun that has been melted down can never be used to kill somebody, it can never be used to rob or threaten someone, and it can never end up, tragically, as the instrument of a curious child’s accidental death.”

“Fewer guns on the street means less violent crime and accidental deaths,” Fitzpatrick said. “This effort, along with our coordinated prosecution of firearms offenses — including 19 cases that were recently adopted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution under federal statutes — demonstrate our shared commitment to use every strategy, investigative technique and resource to protect the people we serve.”

Porrino and Fitzpatrick said the gun buybacks are part of a broader law-enforcement approach to quelling gun violence, which includes New Jersey’s tough “no-bail” stance on gun crimes, and a working partnership between state and federal law enforcement focused on achieving the most effective possible prosecutions of gun offenders.

Earlier this year, the acting U.S. Attorney and Attorney General resolved to make use of the stricter penalties available for many gun crimes under federal law through the Triggerlock program, in which appropriate cases are referred by state and local authorities and adopted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for federal prosecution.

Since May, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has adopted 19 cases for prosecution under Triggerlock. The most serious gun offenses under federal law carry potential penalties ranging from 15 years without parole to life in prison.

Those accused of gun crimes as well as certain repeat offenders also are being kept off the street until trial, with a judge getting the final say.

Among the defendants ordered detained since May who prior to the recent changes may have been released is Edgar Cochran, who allegedly threatened a woman with a gun at a tavern in Linden. Police arrested him at his home and recovered a .22 caliber revolver.

In other cases, defendants who were arrested with drugs and guns in their vehicles were ordered detained without bail pending trial.

As part of the gun buyback program last weekend, residents were invited to turn in up to three firearms of any type “no questions asked” to earn a maximum of $600. Gun owners were paid $100 for turning in a rifle or shotgun, $120 for a handgun or revolver, and $200 for an assault weapon.

The payments were provided through state criminal forfeiture funds — monies seized by law enforcement from gun criminals, violent street gangs, drug-dealing networks and other offenders. Overall, the state expended $481,620 in forfeiture money on the buybacks.

In Camden, 2,167 guns were turned in for a total of $222,500 in criminal forfeiture dollars. In Trenton, there were 1,735 firearms turned in for a total of $167,560, and in Newark, 874 guns were turned in for $91,560.


14 thoughts on “NJ gun buyback effort nets 4,775 weapons

  1. Do they seriously think that the kind of people who would turn in their guns to a buyback program are the same people who have used those guns for criminal purposes?

    Also: Why $120 for a handgun but $200 for an “assault weapon”? Handguns are FAR more likely than long guns to be used in crimes.


  2. What if I reported my gun stolen…..then my gun gets turned in to these buyback schemes….will i get it back…..doubt it

  3. thats a drop in the bucket
    and ill bet not 1 of those guns was worth even using as a fence post

    hell I know people with bigger “collections” than that

  4. Today with the internet
    There isn’t anyone turning in any gun worth more or slightly above what the pigs are offering
    People know what things are worth or will go look it up and see
    You ain’t gonna find no $1,500 peacemaker in that pile
    Ask me how I know

  5. “Through this initiative, thousands of unwanted firearms have been taken off the streets of our state and will soon be destroyed.”

    Key word: UNWANTED.

    “That’s a step forward in our continuing effort to curb gun violence.”

    That won’t end until the so-called ‘government’ is totally dismantled.

    WITH extreme prejudice!

  6. No limit to how stupid people are. I have plenty of firearms. No matter the hardships and how bad it’s gotten financially. I have never ever considered selling my guns. Especially for a bullshit price like this to the (((government))). Always but never sell when it comes to guns. Also NJ is a shitehole of section 8, Jews, drugs and Chris Krispy Cream Christi.

  7. For THEM, not you, Paul…

    ……..(‘(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
    ……….”…\………. _.·´

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