Rumor: City runs out of cash during gun-buyback program

More than 2,500 weapons were turned in over two days in Trenton, N.J.

CONFIRMED: Officials expect to pay out well over the $170,000 budgeted

According to a CBS affiliate in Philadelphia and The Times of Trenton, Mercer County residents  received $25 for BB guns, $50 for inoperable guns, $150 for revolvers, rifles, semiautomatic handguns and shotguns, and $250 for assault rifles and illegal guns. Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph Bocchini Jr. told The Times that at least 25 percent of the guns received were illegal, such as sawed-off shotguns.

Originally, $170,000 in state county funds was allotted for the program, but that money dried up Friday. An additional $75,000 was approved to fund the buyback, but that also ran out by noon Saturday, The Times of Trenton reported. Some participants were given vouchers after the money ran out Saturday.

Trenton's program easily surpassed the state record-breaking buyback in Camden, N.J., in December, which bagged 1,137 guns in two days. (Read more about it here.)

Runon gun buybacks

  • The gun-buyback event in Seattle on Saturday brought in 716 firearms, including a military-grade missile launcher, in just over three hours. The weapons were sold to the city in exchange for Amazon.com gift cards ranging from $50 to $200. The city already is planning another buyback program.
  • In December, 2,037 guns were collected in exchange for gift cards at a buyback in Los Angeles, bringing the total to nearly 10,000 since the LAPD program began.
  • Miami's second of three buyback programs this month netted 79 weapons, including a sawed-off shotgun found by an 8-year-old boy at his elementary school.

 

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