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ANOTHER rocket launcher turned in among 2,600 weapons at gun buyback event

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Authorities in New Jersey have collected more than 2,500 weapons in exchange for cash during a two-day gun buyback event over the weekend - including a rocket launcher. The Trenton gun buyback far surpassed one about 35 miles away in Camden in December that netted more than 1,100 weapons. In photos from the program, a rocket launcher stuck out among various handguns, rifles and sawed off shotguns.

  • Military rocket launcher turned in along with record number of guns
  • Total far surpasses similar event in Camden, New Jersey, last month
  • 'Guns-for-cash event collected so many guns that organizers ran out of money, and had to hand out vouchers instead

Authorities in New Jersey have collected more than 2,600 weapons in exchange for cash during a two-day gun buyback event over the weekend - including a rocket launcher.

The Trenton gun buyback far surpassed one about 35 miles away in Camden last month that netted more than 1,100 weapons.

In photos from the program taken at an evidence warehouse, an anti-tank rocket launcher stood out among various handguns, rifles and sawed off shotguns.

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Fire power: Trenton officials take a look at a military shoulder-fired rocket launcher that was turned in during a gun buyback program over the weekend

Fire power: Trenton officials take a look at a military shoulder-fired rocket launcher that was turned in during a gun buyback program over the weekend

Standing out: The rocket launcher is pictured along with the 2,600 other weapons turned in at the gun buyback

Standing out: The rocket launcher is pictured along with the 2,600 other weapons turned in at the gun buyback

New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said during a news conference on Tuesday that nearly 95 per cent of all the weapons purchased were fully operational.

Mr Chiesa told Fox 5: 'I'm not here today suggesting buybacks are the singular answer.'

'However, there's no question that buybacks are part of the solution, and we believe that they're making a difference in New Jersey as evidenced by the 700 illegal firearms collected in this buyback.'

He said that about $324,000 was given out in the guns-for-cash program - and nearly $100,000 of that total was in vouchers because organizers ran out of money.

Arsenal: Among the weapons turned in, nearly 95 per cent of them were fully operational, according to New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa, at podium

Arsenal: Among the weapons turned in, nearly 95 per cent of them were fully operational, according to New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa, at podium

Gun show: Trenton police Lt Leonard Aviles holds an illegal semi-automatic rifle - one of 700 prohibited weapons turned in - as he answers questions from reporters

Gun show: Trenton police Lt Leonard Aviles holds an illegal semi-automatic rifle - one of 700 prohibited weapons turned in - as he answers questions from reporters

Another interesting firearm seized at the buyback event was a police baton that had been converted into a shotgun, The Times of Trenton reported.

Det Brian Kielty told the paper: 'I’ve never seen anything like it before. That’s a conversation piece.'

Mercer County residents received $25 to $250 for each firearm depending on type, condition and legality.

About 700 of the weapons collected were illegal, MyFoxNY.com reported.

About $100,000 was budgeted but because of the huge turnout, the amount spent is expected to be well over double that.

Cash for guns: About $324,000 was given out in the program - and nearly $100,000 of that total was in vouchers because organizers ran out of money

Cash for guns: About $324,000 was given out in the program - and nearly $100,000 of that total was in vouchers because organizers ran out of money

Some participants were given vouchers after money ran out Saturday.

In a similar event in Seattle over the weekend, a missile launcher turned up at a gun buyback event, where authorities were looking to determine whether it was legal or possibly stolen from the military.

A man standing outside the event on Saturday, identified by Reuters as Mason Vranish, bought the military weapon for $100 from another person waiting in line, according to Detective Mark Jamieson.

The single-use device is a launch tube assembly for a Stinger portable surface-to-air missile and already had been used.

High-powered: Trenton officials look on as Mercer County Prosecutor's Chief of Detectives Bill Straniero, right, shows Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa a shotgun that can repeatedly fire shells from a drum

High-powered: Trenton officials look on as Mercer County Prosecutor's Chief of Detectives Bill Straniero, right, shows Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa a shotgun that can repeatedly fire shells from a drum

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Comment by Ronsay on February 2, 2013 at 10:24am

i will never turn my rifles in, people do not see what this government is about to do, my rifles and shot guns are to protect my household, Winston Johnson I hear you, Hitler said, if you want to control a nation you must first disarm the people.

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on February 2, 2013 at 9:01am

its the people behind the guns that are using them for their hideous crimes. millions of guns are made and sold world wide. which indicated guns are very profitable. go after the criminals and the ones that used them illegally 

Comment by Steveon Williams on February 2, 2013 at 6:41am
Looking at what's getting turned in I can only imagine what's NOT being turned in... smh
Comment by HandsomeMan on February 2, 2013 at 5:55am
God help Chicago youths. Get the guns of the streets.
Comment by 100 pound on February 2, 2013 at 2:34am
Continue-2-buy them-gun's of da street.it's a gd ting.positive work's- keep ppl-alive
Comment by Mr. Johnson on February 1, 2013 at 4:00pm

United States of America established gun control whenever and the entire hood gave back. Black people will soon be unable to defend themselves. We will be the next ones to be exterminated!

Comment by Mike Smith on February 1, 2013 at 3:42pm

Whether you agree or not, it's an interesting lesson in history. Something to think about...
In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
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China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million 'educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control:
56 million.
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So it might be said that guns don't kill people, gun control does!

But of coarse never in the u.s. that's absolutely impossible, at no point in time, not now or ever in the future, will this ever happen in the u.s. , because its a special place free from this kind of thing... yes? Or if it was about to happen you would see it on the news yes? smdh 

Now where are the immigrants who wouldn't defend the so-called freedom of this country, nor would take a position that isn't inline with big government due to fear of the inconvenience of being sent back home?

Comment by Mike Smith on February 1, 2013 at 3:32pm

arms includes, rocket launchers...

Thats why the militia has its own helicopter gunships... free of any government over-sight...

But don't worry big government will protect you just like how big government protected the citizens in germany back in the late 30's & 40's... because the only people that should be armed is the police & the military, no citizen should be able to defend themself.. it is not up to the citizen, you have no responsibility to protect yourself or your family, you must call 911 & wait...

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on February 1, 2013 at 1:19pm
Wow white America is being disarmed. I see nothing but rifles that you can purchase in a store. Plus a rocket launcher. We need to send that person to the front Line in Iraq
Comment by Cee Gee on February 1, 2013 at 1:07pm

What in God's name does anyone need a rocket launcher for?  I'm all for people having the right to bear/bare arms but a rocket launcher....that's a bit too much.

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