Camden, N.J. – During a “no questions asked” Gun Buy Back held in Camden on Saturday, October 23rd at Antioch Baptist Church, 249 guns were collected in exchange for cash, announced Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer.
Gun Buy Backs were held at ten locations throughout New Jersey on that day. On Thursday, Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced a statewide total of 2,806 guns were collected through this effort, which was New Jersey’s largest single day buy back ever.
In Camden, two assault weapons and 101 rifles/shotguns were turned in, among other firearms. Residents could get paid for up to three weapons.
“The CCPO is proud to have been a part of this statewide initiative that resulted in thousands of guns being collected,” said Mayer. “Those guns will never make it to the streets or fall into the hands of a child because of the outstanding team effort, spearheaded by Acting Attorney General Bruck, and his vision for a safer New Jersey. This gun buy back was just one chapter in our mission to reduce gun violence in our county and state.”
The CCPO hosted Saturday’s buy back with the help of the Camden County Police Department and the Camden County Sheriff’s Office
“Taking guns off the street is critical for us to make the city a safer place to live and work,” CCPD Chief Gabriel Rodriguez said. “Anytime we take even one gun off the street or out of a home we remove a significant liability from our community. I want to thank the Attorney General for his leadership on this issue and look forward to continuing to work with him and our law enforcement partners on this vital issue for our residents.”
Co-sponsors Cooper University Health Care and Virtua Health donated a portion of the money that was distributed in exchange for firearms.
“As a leader in the region, Cooper has an obligation to support public safety initiatives, particularly successful programs that take deadly weapons off the street, to improve the quality of life for those who live in the communities we serve,” said Kevin O’Dowd, co-CEO of Cooper University Health Care. “We are proud to be partnering with the Office of the Attorney General, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, and our colleagues at Virtua Health to fund this important initiative.”
“Safety is always the top priority in health care, so Virtua Health is proud to support the Gun Buy Back program,” said Greg Pease, Virtua Camden Director of Operations. “By reducing the number of guns in our communities, the Buy Back program will save lives and increase everyone’s safety – especially for children and other vulnerable people.”
Other counties participating in this gun buy back include Bergen, Cumberland, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Salem, Somerset and Union Counties.