More than 800 guns bought back in Paterson and Passaic | Paterson Times

More than 800 guns bought back in Paterson and Passaic


“We have 853 guns that have been removed from homes where those guns were not needed or wanted,” said Camelia Valdes, the Passaic County Prosecutor, while making-known the result of the gun-buy back program that took place during the 3rd and 4th of May.

The authorities spent $112,350 buying back the guns — each gun turned-in received a value of up to $250 depending on the weapon’s condition; the money for the buy back came from criminal forfeiture funds — from both the state and the county — gathered during drug busts and raids.

Some of the most dangerous weapons collected were, “Tec 9 firearms with 32-round magazine capacity; an AK-47 assault rifle,” according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Jeffrey Chiesa, the attorney general of New Jersey, touted the program as a success, and said: “There are 10,000 fewer guns out there to be stolen and used in a street crime,” referring to the total number of guns bought back from various different counties.

The program included a collection of local and state agencies including the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Paterson Police Department.