A recent New Jersey gun buyback program (conducted in three major cities) led to the purchase of nearly 5,000 firearms over a two-day period. The program was the largest ever conducted in New Jersey, and the results were significant. This is an amnesty program, which encourages participants to turn in weapons in exchange for pay. Ultimately, the guns reaped are melted down – rather than being tested for ballistics as most weapons suspected of involvement in criminal activity are.
The Buyback Program
The New Jersey buyback program pays between $100 and $200 per gun, and no questions are asked. The recent buyback took place at several New Jersey Baptist churches, and the firearms haul was substantial:
- Nearly 2,000 handguns;
- More than 1,100 shotguns;
- Over 1,000 rifles; and
- More than 120 firearms that police classified as assault weapons.
In fact, a federal representative described the surrendered automatic and semi-automatic weaponry as weapons of war. In other words, the firearms buyback program took in weapons that were designed to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible, and as a result, rendered said weapons incapable of haunting New Jersey’s streets.
The Buyback Program’s Effects
While such buyback programs have become increasingly popular, experts question their usefulness in terms of mitigating gun violence. In fact, research indicates that weapons buyback programs generally bring in attic guns or guns that people have stashed away and are happy to trade in for cash. The New Jersey buyback organizers, however, are good with that. All firearms that’re melted down in a New Jersey buyback program represent fewer firearms that have the potential to rob, threaten, or harm New Jersey residents or visitors. Further, these extinguished firearms can’t ever tragically serve as the precipitous tools in the death of curious children.
The Triggerlock Program
Triggerlock is a program that allows authorities at the local and state level to pass gun crime prosecution over to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Not insignificantly, federal law is far more aggressive when it comes to gun charges. Currently, the Triggerlock program has directed nearly 20 cases – statewide – to federal law enforcement.
New Jersey Cracks Down
At the state level, New Jersey is cracking down on gun crimes. In fact, prosecutors throughout the state have been directed, as a matter of course, to request detention for any defendants who are accused of serious gun crimes under New Jersey’s newly effected bail system.
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