Forgive me if this has been diaried earlier. I just saw astonishing photos from the recent gun buyback program in Camden, NJ that took place last weekend in the wake of the mass murders in Sandy Hook.
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According to Philly.com::
A state-sponsored cash-for-guns program for Camden County residents picked up 1,137 firearms over two days, a record number for the state, officials said Tuesday.
New Jersey's attorney general said some of the gun owners who showed up at two Camden churches Friday and Saturday appeared to be motivated by the mass killings Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
These are powerful images:
From Philly.com again:
Officials said $110,000 from the Attorney General's Office in forfeited money along with $6,000 in gift cards for groceries from a city-sponsored gun buyback program last year were doled out in Camden this time. In addition, $39,000 in IOUs will be honored through future forfeited money.Can't we do this on a nation-wide basis?
County residents could turn in up to three firearms, no questions asked. Payment was set on a sliding scale, with the $250 maximum going to operable assault weapons and illegal firearms.
Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson said most of the 533 handguns and 504 long guns, including five semiautomatics, were operable.