Cleveland police host gun buyback event Saturday, offering to exchange gift cards and sports tickets

CLEVELAND - In an effort to make northeast Ohio safer, the Cleveland Police Department is having a gun buyback event this Saturday, September 6.

In exchange for the working handgun or semi-automatic weapon, people will get either a $100 or $200 Target gift card or a gift card for gas or food, as well as two tickets to an upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters game.

The event is Saturday, September 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Safety Central, located at 2001 Payne Avenue.

"This community partnership will help us to prevent a tragedy in the city of Cleveland," said Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams. "This is a strategy the City of Cleveland and the Division of Police have employed previously. As a result of the Gun Buy-Back someone's life will be saved."

Here is a list of things to know about the handgun buyback program.

1. Bring a working handgun or semi-automatic rifle (Assault Rifle) to Public Safety Central located at 2001 Payne Avenue on Saturday, September 6, 2014, between the hours of 8:30a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

2. The weapon must be unloaded in a clear plastic bag inside a second container (gym bag, backpack, etc.)

3. Transport the unloaded and properly bagged weapon locked in the trunk of your vehicle.

4. Pack ammunition separately. Non semi-automatic rifles and shotguns can be turned in but NO incentive will be given.

5. Cleveland Police Officers will inspect the weapon to ensure that it is operable.

6. After the officers determine that the weapon is operable a $100 gift card will be given to those who turn in a handgun and a $200 gift card to those who turn in a semi-automatic rifle (Assault Rifle).

7. Everyone surrendering a gun will be provided with a ticket voucher for a pair of tickets to a Lake Erie Monsters or Cleveland Gladiators game.

NewsChannel 5 is proud to team-up with the Cleveland Police Department and the Cleveland Police Foundation in this event. In August, NewsChannel 5 held a phonebank to raise funds for the event.


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