POLL: Do Gun Buybacks Work?
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On Friday and Saturday, the state Attorney General's office, working with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, local clergy and police in Newark Orange, Montclair and other communities, hosted a gun buyback program which allowed owners to turn in weapons for a cash payment of up to $250 each.
Under the program, an owner could turn in a weapon without fear of criminal charge at houses of worship throughout the county.
Officials say the buyback program gets thousands of weapons off the streets safely, without endangering law enforcement, which generally seizes weapons one or a few at a time. The program also gets weapons out of homes, where they may be used in suicides or domestic violence. Ninety-five percent of the weapons turned over in Essex County were in good working order, and many were illegal to own.
But do the buybacks work, or do they simply provide an owner with the cash to upgrade to a new weapon? Register your opinion in our poll and feel free to expand on your opinion in the comments.