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Trenton gun buyback yields many illegal weapons

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State and county officials say that 700 of the 2,600 weapons collected during a two-day gun buyback in Trenton were illegal.

New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa also said Tuesday that more than 90 percent of all the weapons purchased in the state’s second gun backback were operable.

He says about $324,000 was given out in the guns-for-cash program — nearly $100,000 of that amount in vouchers because they ran out of cash.

The first buyback in Camden in December netted more than 1,100 guns.

Chiesa said there are plans for another gun purchase program but he does not yet know when or where it will be held.

The illegal weapons included a shoulder-fired rocket launcher, several semi-automatic weapons and sawed-off shotguns.