In a recent effort to minimize the number of firearms in the city, the police are implementing a buyback of guns in exchange for $100 to the supermarket Pathmark. The dropoffs are ‘no questions asked’ and there are 5 locations in the city. With less cops, Camden saw 30% more shooting incidents than last year, and aggravated assaults with a firearm are up 45% over 2010. As it turns out, 57 guns of various sizes were dropped off at the different sites. Each gun off the street or from a home means there’s less chance of a violent crime. The last initiative of this kind in the city was done in the 90’s.
Link to Courier Post Article: http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20111228/NEWS01/312280019/Gun-swap-food-start-today
“Camden Program Collects 57 Guns”: http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20111229/NEWS01/312290030/Camden-program-collects-57-guns