Cash for weapons: New Jersey holds largest-ever gun buyback
New Jersey residents had the opportunity Saturday to turn in their guns for cash during the state’s largest one-day gun buyback event in state history.
Residents were able to receive $250 per weapon for up to three guns, according to acting Attorney General Andrew Buck who announced the event on Monday. They also noted that no questions would be asked.
“If we can make a significant dent in getting guns off the street that could fall into the wrong hands that could be used in criminal conduct and activity, I think that keeps our residents safer,” said Lori Linskey, the acting prosecutor for Monmouth County.
Research shows gun buybacks can work if part of a larger strategy to take on gun violence. They can influence public perception of how authorities are dealing with the problem.
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