Newark Announces Gun Buyback, Amnesty Program

The first buyback dates are Nov. 11 and 12 at Emanuel Christian Church

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009  |  Updated 3:45 PM EDT
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Newark Announces Gun Buyback, Amnesty Program

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Officials in New Jersey's largest city are offering cash to get guns off the city's streets.
    

Mayor Cory Booker on Tuesday announced a gun buyback and amnesty program to begin next month.     
Anyone turning in a gun at one of five city churches will receive $200. The participating churches are Emanuel Christian, First Trinity Baptist, Paradise Baptist, IBC Calvary Baptist and Independent Church of God.
    
The first buyback dates are Nov. 11 and 12 at Emanuel Christian Church.
    
Newark's homicide rate had fallen steeply in recent years but has crept up this year. Since the beginning of the year there have been 58 homicides compared to 53 in the same period last year. The overall number of shootings has decreased, however.

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