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Camden, New Jersey Buys Back 1,137 Firearms from Residents

| by Michael Allen

Gun owners in Camden, New Jersey turned in 1,137 firearms in a buy back plan over the weekend, in response to the mass shootings in Connecticut last Friday.

Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the Camden police, told Philly.com: "We heard that there were a number of gun owners on Saturday who had publicly said, in light of the situation that had just occurred in Connecticut, they wanted to turn in their weapons."

The weapons turned into police included rifles, pistols, shotguns, sawed-off shotguns, an antique weapon, a rifle used for hunting elephants and five automatic weapons.

People were paid up to $250 per gun and promised anonymity with no questions asked, reports NJ.com.

People got $25 for BB guns, $50 for inoperable firearms, $150 for revolvers, semi-automatic guns, shotguns and rifles, and $250 for assault weapons.

Camden Police Chief Scott Thomas said: "These guns are coming from people's homes and many times end up as items of burglary, end up on our streets and in the wrong hands. We would much rather have custody of these guns now as opposed to at the scene of a crime after a shooting."

Camden, New Jersey leads the U.S. in murders for cities of more than 50,000 people, according to the FBI.