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New Jersey Law Enforcement Attempts to Reduce Violence with Guns for Food Program

May 04, 2012
TRENTON - A coalition of law enforcement agencies and other groups will put a new spin on the typical gun buyback program a week from tomorrow, exchanging food for guns. On May 12, anyone will be able to turn in unwanted firearms at city fire headquarters on Perry Street. The reward will be a $100 ShopRite gift card. No questions asked. "Anything that can be done to keep a firearm from going on the street is a win for law enforcement, and certainly for the residents that have to deal with gun violence on a daily basis," Prosecutor Joe Bocchini said yesterday during a news conference announcing the program. A limit of two gift cards per person will apply, but there is no restriction on the amount of firearms that can be surrendered, Bocchini said. Old weapons, inoperable guns, long rifles and revolvers all will be accepted during the buyback, and bearers will not have to present ID. "There's a consensus amongst all the partners in this effort that something needs to be done to stem the tide of firearms and firearm violence," Bocchini said. In addition to law enforcement agencies, community and religious groups including Shiloh Baptist Church are co-sponsoring the event.