TOTOWA, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — State officials say they have now collected more than 10,000 firearms through gun buyback programs staged throughout the Garden State in recent months.
The most recent event was held in Passaic County last weekend, where 853 weapons were collected.
Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced the results Wednesday at a news conference in Totowa, noting that 384 handguns and 53 guns that are illegal to own were among the firearms collected in the county. He said about $112,350 in state and county criminal forfeiture funds were used to buy back the weapons.
There have been a number of buyback events held in New York and Connecticut in recent months. The increased number of buybacks were due in part to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14.
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