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Montclair, Essex Gun Buyback Deemed a Success

Township drew most respondents to turn in guns at $250 each, state Attorney General's Office said.

The recent two-day Essex County gun buyback program was deemed a success as township, state and county officials collected more than 1,500 weapons, according to a Monday, Feb. 18 report in the Montclair Times.

Montclair police, in conjunction with the state Attorney General’s Office and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said the township was the busiest of the four sites this weekend for the Friday and Saturday event, which included sites in Newark, Orange and East Orange.

Participants were paid $250 per firearm and most participants were middle aged and senior white men carrying the weapons for disposal to the sites wrapped in black plastic, gun cases and shopping bags, the report said.

Michael Kinzig February 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM
old white fools...they will be dead when the effect of this is fully felt.Pathetic.
Michael Kinzig February 18, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Oh ,and what's funny is that these guns will wind up in the hands of the criminal type.
B Lurie February 19, 2013 at 02:18 AM
The estimated population of Essex county NJ is approximately 785,137. Conservative counts estimate that the US has approximately 88 guns for every 100 residents. If you divide Essex County's population by 100 and then multiply that by 88 (the number of guns per 100 residents) the estimated number of guns in circulation in Essex county is somewhere around 690,921 give or take.If you consider the gun buyback program purchased 1500 guns, the actual percentage of guns taken out of circulation in Essex county was roughly .002%. That's 2 thounsandths of 1% of all the guns in the county that have been taken out of circulation. Can someone explain to me how by any measure, this effort can be deemed a success? I wonder how loud the politicians that deemed this appalling circus a success would squeal, if we limited their periodic pay raises to .002% …....thanks guys....I feel sooooooooo much safer now that you spent $350,000 taxpayers money removing 1500 guns from the county. I don't know about you but I think hiring 70 more police officers with that money might make me and a lot of other people feel a whole lot safer...
Rachel F February 19, 2013 at 02:48 AM
I'm curious -- I've heard of buybacks dismissed as useless, but not that particular critique. How do the guns end up back in the hands of criminals?
JohnQ February 19, 2013 at 06:38 AM
Not anymore

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