12th Annual Gun Buy Back a Success!

The City of Cleveland Annual Gun Buyback is held once a year. Check www.clevelandpolicefoundation.org periodically for the date of the next event.

If you still wish to dispose of unwanted firearms, call the police station in your neighborhood for instructions on how to do so.

The Cleveland Police Foundation is once again pleased to report on the success of the 12th Annual City of Cleveland Gun Buyback.

Held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the CPD 3rd District Headquarters, in just two and a half hours we managed to collect 185 firearms, including 146 handguns and 39 long guns. A victim of this year’s success, the event had to be stopped early after running out of gift cards.

We thank ArcelorMittal for its continued commitment to making our neighborhoods safer.

Primarily funded through a generous grant provided by ArcelorMittal to the CPF, the Cleveland Division of Police collected, inspected, catalogued and prepared the firearms for eventual disposal at the ArcelorMittal plant to be recycled into new steel.

The firearms themselves were exchanged for $100.00 gift cards purchased through and donated by our longtime supporters and community partners, Dave’s Supermarket, Target and Tru North Shell.

“The annual Gun Buy Back has successfully taken hundreds of guns off Cleveland’s streets,” said Major Frank Jackson. “Events like this keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. It is just one of the many things the City is doing to stop the decline, stabilize our neighborhoods, and make Cleveland safer for everyone.”

With this program, we leave Cleveland a safer city. At its best, we remove an illegal firearm from our neighborhoods. But more generally, an unwanted gun is likely a poorly stowed gun. Poorly stowed guns are first off more likely to end up in the hands of children, leading to tragic accidents. Secondly, they’re more likely to end up in the hands of burglars, feeding the pipeline to the streets.

To date, the Gun Buy Back has removed approximately 3,300 operable firearms from Cleveland’s neighborhoods.

Presented by:
2017 Gun Buyback - Main Sponsors

and our other Community Partners:
2017 Gun Buyback - Addl Partners

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Operable Firearms Removed from Cleveland’s Neighborhoods Since 2007: 3,359

“I never wanted a gun in my house. When my husband died, I didn’t know what to do with it. Now it’s going to good use by getting me some gas for my car.” – Anonymous

“My sincere thanks to ArcelorMittal, their employees and all of the community partners who made donations to the Cleveland Police Foundation making it possible to host this program.” – Mayor Frank G. Jackson

“We know that as a result of this program someone’s life will be saved, and we are encouraged that the police and community are working together to get these guns off the street.” – Calvin Williams, Chief of Police

“The buyback is but one method used to reduce violent crime and injury from firearms. Others include educating the public to be responsible gun owners by practicing proper safety and security measures and arresting criminals who use firearms to perpetrate violent crimes through proactive law enforcement initiatives.” – Charles W. Lane, Jr., Executive Director, CPF

“I am very glad I found an outlet to get rid of this gun so I don’t have to worry about it getting into the wrong hands.” – Mr. Kevin Chapman, Cleveland Resident

“This is a great program because it gets guns off the streets which will benefit not only the citizens in the neighborhoods, but our officers as well.” – Steve Loomis, President of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association.

“Steel is the most recycled product in the world. It’s good to know that these weapons will be put to good rather than violent use.” – Eric Hauge, ArcelorMittal VP and General Manager


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