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Newark gun buyback event nets 332 firearms, pays out $41K

April 3, 2019

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A gun buyback event in Newark funded primarily by a lawyers’ association brought in more than 300 weapons last weekend, from handguns that fit comfortably in a palm to assault rifles with high-tech accessories.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office displayed some of the weapons Wednesday. They said the event held Saturday yielded 332 firearms and paid out about $41,000.

Most of the money was raised by the Essex County Bar Foundation. It’s one of the first privately-funded gun buyback events in New Jersey.

Gun owners were able to turn in the weapons with no questions asked, for a maximum payout of $250 per gun. The weapons will be melted down and recycled.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens called the event “a tremendous success.”