Bergen County, NJ gun buyback yields over 700 weapons.

Bergen County’s first gun buyback program collected more than 700…

Bergen County’s first gun buyback program collected more than 700 weapons, many found in attics, closets and basements, Sheriff Leo McGuire said Monday.

“This has made Bergen County safer today,’’ McGuire said at a morning press conference where he displayed the guns and rifles gathered during the weekend. “…They will never be in the hands of a child or a criminal.”

The 708 firearms included two guns from World War II that belonged to a Nazi and a Japanese soldier, McGuire said.

The firearms were traded in for cash at six places of worship throughout the county. Individuals who surrendered the firearms received $50 for non-operational weapons, and $75 for handguns, rifles and shotguns, and $150 for assault weapons.

The sheriff’s department paid a total of $47,550 during the two-day weekend event. The program was paid for with forfeiture funds.

Officers who gathered the weapons did not ask questions, and no one was arrested when turning in a firearm, McGuire said.

McGuire, who was flanked by more than a dozen officers from his department, said the ballistics department will examine every firearm to determine whether it was used in a crime. He said all of the weapons will then be destroyed. The firearms that have historical significance will likely be turned over to the military, he said.

Source: Monsy Alvarado for NorthJersey.com.

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  • Jon

    nor will they ever be in the hands of a defender