Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gun buyback program's big haul at the Shore

The attorney general's gun buyback program netted more than 2,000 weapons over the weekend at two Atlantic County churches.

Gun buyback program's big haul at the Shore

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office announced Monday that more than 2,000 guns — including 14 assault weapons and 1,000 handguns — had been turned in during a state-sponsored gun buyback held at churches in Atlantic County over the weekend.

The number of guns obtained in five statewide weapons buyback programs held since December — including in Camden, Mercer, Essex, and Monmouth counties — totals 9,153 firearms, according to Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa.

Among the weapons surrendered in Atlantic County were 199 illegal firearms. The weapons turned in also included 445 shotguns, 411 rifles, and 348 semiautomatic handguns. Those turning in guns were paid up to $250 per weapon.

Chiesa said the “strong turnout” at the Faith Baptist Church in Pleasantville and the Second Baptist Church in Atlantic City this weekend demonstrates continued enthusiastic public support for the buyback campaign.

“Those guns can never be stolen in a burglary and then used in a street crime. They’ll never be used to terrorize an innocent person, turn an argument into a tragedy, kill a curious child, or claim the life of one of our brave police officers,” Chiesa said in a statement.

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

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