270 surrendered firearms to be recycled

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Officials in northeast Ohio plan to melt down hundreds of firearms and recycle them into steel.

Cleveland is partnering with steel facility ArcelorMittal to recycle the more than 270 guns surrendered during the city’s gun buyback event in September. During the eighth annual event, people could turn in firearms in exchange for gift cards or tickets to Cleveland sporting events.

The guns were scheduled to be melted down Wednesday and turned into steel, which will be used to manufacture cars, household appliances and other products.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said in a statement that the gun melt prevents surrendered firearms from being used in an act of violence.

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