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Rifles sit in recycling bins at the church Friday during the Atlantic County two-day gun buyback program at the Second Baptist Church in Atlantic City. 

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Atlantic County’s Guns for Cash event took in about 1,100 weapons Saturday, the second of a two-day gun buy-back program sponsored by the state Attorney General’s Office.

The county’s first such event in more than two years collected 2,061 guns in all, spending about $280,860 of the $300,000 earmarked for it, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

This was the fifth buyback hosted by the Attorney General’s Office, which uses forfeiture funds. The previous four held in other counties throughout the state collected more than 7,100 weapons.

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Weapons turned in ranged from BB guns at $25 each to assault rifles and other illegal weapons, for which people were paid $250 each.

A breakdown of the weapons received is expected to be released by state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa 1 p.m. Monday at the Armory in Atlantic City.

Atlantic County residents who turned in their weapons — as many as three each — were asked their names and addresses, under attorney general protocol, but did not have to give that information and their identification was not checked, McClain said.

The guns also will not be checked for possible use in previous crimes to maintain the promise of anonymity, Chiesa said Friday.

Weapons were accepted at the First Baptist Church in Atlantic City — just a quarter-mile from a Saturday afternoon shooting at Stanley Holmes Village — and the Faith Baptist Chuch in Pleasantville. Most of the weapons came through the Pleasantville location.

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