Hundreds unload, offload guns at Cleveland buy-back

11:59 PM, Jun 15, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- On Saturday, people had their chance to offload guns that they no longer needed. 

The City of Cleveland, along with several partners, came together to offer incentives for those who turned in operable handguns and semi-automatic rifles. Other guns were accepted but have no incentive.

The event was held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

In total, 352 guns were surrendered, 311 being handguns.

In exchange for guns, the city gave $100 (handguns) or $200 (semi-automatic rifles) gift cards and tickets to an upcoming Cavs or Monsters game.

Participants were also entered into a raffle for a chance to win $1,000.

"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." 

    The event's partners include the Cleveland Police Foundation, ArcelorMittal, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dave's Supermarkets, the Cleveland Browns and the Police Patrolman's Association.


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