The State Attorney General's Office is pretty happy about the gun buyback events held across the state last weekend.

Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck says last weekends events at ten locations resulted in the buyback of almost three thousand weapons.

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Buyback programs were held in Bergen, Camden, Cumberland, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Salem, Somerset, and Union Counties.

In Cumberland County, Bridgeton was the location of the buyback. Authorities took in 391 guns, including 10 assault weapons, 142 rifles and shotguns, and 168 handguns.

According to Acting Attorney General Bruck:

"New Jersey residents were invited to turn in up to three firearms of any type “no questions asked,” and could earn a maximum of $750. Under standardized pricing set for the buybacks, gun owners were paid $25 for inoperable firearms and BB/pellet guns, $125 for rifles and shotguns, $200 for handguns, and $250 for assault weapons. The buybacks were funded predominantly by forfeiture dollars obtained by the local police departments and County Prosecutors’ Offices, as well as forfeiture funds from the Division of Criminal Justice."

Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae had this to say about the buyback in Bridgeton:

“391 firearms were collected and will not fall into the wrong hands as a result of this program.  We see this as one piece of an ongoing initiative to promote gun safety and eradicate gun violence in our community.  I would like to thank the Cumberland County Chiefs and Sheriff for their support in making this very important program a success.”

SOURCE: New Jersey Attorney General's Office.

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