Skip to comments.Passaic County takes in 282 weapons in Paterson gun buyback
Posted on 05/16/2012 9:52:23 PM PDT by smokingfrog
The Passaic County Sheriffs office spent more than $20,000 buying back 282 guns from residents in Paterson in an effort to rid the citys most dangerous streets of firearms, officials said Tuesday.
The funds came out of money seized during drug arrests, but the $20,000 amount covers only the cost of buying weapons, and doesnt include staff hours to run the program.
These weapons could have caused significant loss of life and, of course, help perpetuate the cycle of gun violence plaguing our streets, Sheriff Richard Berdnik said at a press conference before a table covered with 64 working firearms.
Most of the guns displayed didnt resemble the type seen carried on the streets of Paterson, however: hunting rifles, B-B guns and decades-old pistols decades a Lugar 9mm from World War II, a pistol modeled after a flintlock of colonial times. Mixed in were a few contemporary semi-automatic handguns and shotguns.
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Peace for our time!
"Buy Back"? Did the guns come from the government in the first place?
The news story says that there was "...a similar buyback held last year when gunfire killed 16 people and wounded 93 others." ...but failed to mention whether or not there was a decrease in crime since then.
The story also says If this doesnt reduce crime in the streets, its going to at least reduce accidental shootings in the home. One thing is certain: none of these guns will be used to protect or defend anyone's family from the criminals who kept their guns and now know that there are fewer defensive weapons in the community.
Finally, I question the wisdom of not ballistics-testing the weapons. It sounds like a perfect chance to dispose of evidence of a major crime. (I doubt that they are really destroying the guns without ballistics testing.)
I couldn't post because I don't have a facebook account (and never will).
I do get tired of preaching only the choir sometimes, though.
I would imagine there are those that make guns in their garages for a while to have a nice pile of junk to trade in when the gun-buy-back man comes along.
If some of the young men from the neighborhood just so happened to have collected a few junk pieces, I can see a chance for an upgrade at an average price of $71. No questions asked!
How is it A buy back if they did not sell them originally?
“decades old” a first generation SAA colt revolver, numbers matching, without the integrity or ability to fire, the value of such starts at around $1200.
I suppose research is just too much trouble!
I'm an old Redneck, shouldn't be able to catch the journalism majors in so many mistakes, but it's easy.
Excellent opportunity for police and other officials to upgrade their collections with a variety of antiques and other lesser known but very valuable merchandise.
Hold a gun buyback and keep your eyes peeled; it’s better than Antiques Roadshow!
Some gun show vendors have junk bins where you can get broken, non-firing odds and ends, usually for next to nothing and no paperwork. Add some pipe and sheet metal and a little black paint and I bet you could get a pretty good return on your investment.
Paterson,NJ has a terrific history. It was the cradle of American industry in the years following the American Revoultion, as it had a tremendous natural waterfall (the Great Falls)that powered factories via water power.
It was the arsenal of America during the Civil War, manufacturing Colt firearms and Rogers locomotives and everything in between.
This did not change for over 80 years, through WW1, Korea, and WW2.
Then a post WW2 migration of Southern blacks and Puerto Ricans completely changed the fabric of the city and it turned downhill from the early 1960s to the mid 1970s, and has never rebounded.
It is a shadow of its former self, completely moribund in government welfare projects at all levels. Forty five years of government help have accomplished exactly nothing.
Growing up in adjacent Clifton, we would find excuses never to go there, even in the 1970s.
There were areas of urban blight that looked like post WW2 Berlin—whole city blocks of abandoned homes and vacant lots, completely uninhabited.
If it did not have the County Courthouse and major hospitals, no one would go there.
Yet, 50 years ago, it was considered a treat to go shopping in downtown Paterson with its major stores.
It is a total Democrat enclave, dependent on government programs, aid, and make work projects for its survival.
The Color of Crime for Paterson, NJ:
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 146,199 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 34.68% White, 31.68% African American....Hispanic or Latino of any race were 57.63% (84,254) of the population.
Your post could be made for for Milwaukee, Baltimore or any of the post industrial northern cities in America.