CLEVELAND - The 2013 City of Cleveland Gun Buy-Back was held Saturday, June 15 at Public Safety Central on Payne Avenue.
In all, 352 firearms (311 handguns and 41 long guns) were surrendered to police.
In exchange for operable handguns or semi-automatic rifles (Assault Rifles), citizens were given a either a $100 (handguns) or $200 (semi-automatic rifles) Target, gas or food gift card and two tickets to an upcoming Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters game.
In addition, they were entered into a raffle with a chance to win up to $1,000.
Cleveland Police partnered with the Cleveland Police Foundation, ArcelorMittal, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Burt Saltzman owner of Dave's Supermarkets, the Cleveland Browns and the Police Patrolman's Association to organize this year's Gun Buy-Back.
"This community partnership will help us to prevent a tragedy in the City of Cleveland,"
said Chief of Police Michael McGrath. "This is a strategy the City of Cleveland and the Division of Police have employed for several years. As a result of the Gun Buy-Back, someone's life will be saved."
Ultimately the weapons will be melted down with the assistance of ArcelorMittal here in Cleveland.
"ArcelorMittal is proud to partner with the Cleveland Division of Police and Cleveland Police Foundation on the Gun Buy-Back program. It is a natural extension of our commitment to make our city a safer place for our employees and neighbors. After the guns are collected, we are pleased to melt down the weapons and recycle them into new steel which will eventually become consumer goods that improve the quality of all our lives," said Eric Hauge, Vice President & General Manager, ArcelorMittal Cleveland.