Gun Buy-Back

Aimed at curbing the number of weapons on the street, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the City of Cleveland Public Safety Division of Police launched the gun buyback programs 10 years ago in a strong effort to cut crime. Many citizens sold their guns to the City for cash with no questions asked in exchange for gift cards or ticket. This event allowed the Cleveland Division of Police to purchase hundreds of privately owned firearms from residents.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams gave brief remarks at this year’s 2016 City of Cleveland Gun Buy-Back, which was a huge success. Citizens lined up on foot and in cars at the recent event held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 to exchange firearms for incentives including their choice of available gift cards. In all, 168 guns were surrendered to police in exchange for gift cards.  

Firearms of all makes and models were surrendered by people as varied as the weapons themselves. Many of those turning over weapons thanked the officers on hand that passed out gift cards. Some citizens expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to safely and responsibly rid their households of weapons that they feared may someday lead to a tragedy. Ultimately, the weapons will be melted down with the assistance of Cleveland’s ArcelorMittal.

Photographer: 
Ruggero Fatica