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RUMSON: GUN BUYBACK TALLY SOARS

rumson guns 051614 4rumson guns 051614 3In its second year, two-day cash-for-guns program in Rumson and Asbury Park last week saw a 64-percent jump over 2013 in the number of weapons surrendered, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office reported Monday. Rumson took in 171 firearms, including the rifles and pistols shown here, up from 125 last year, and Asbury Park collected 188, up from 93.

The event, in which guns could be surrendered anonymously and without questions, paid a total $25,100, which  funded in part by the Sellig family of Rumson. The weapons will be destroyed, authorities said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RUMSON: GUN BUYBACK ‘BRISK’

rumson guns 051614 2Sergeant Rocco Santorsola shows off a MAC 10 assault weapon exchanged for $200 at the gun buyback in Rumson Friday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rumson guns 051614 1One man turned in a Russian infantry rifle given to him as a gift he didn’t really want, but accepted to be gracious.

A Red Bank couple surrendered a World War II-era Spanish pistol they found in their backyard during a renovation project.

And somebody else – authorities did not ask who – got $200 in exchange for a menacing looking MAC 10 assault weapon.

Just four hours into a two-day gun buyback in Rumson Friday, business was “brisk,” said borough police Detective Christopher Isherwood.

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