CLEVELAND – Cleveland Police are working to make your streets safer through their annual gun buy back program.
“The line at one point was wrapped around the block. That’s great; it means people are getting our message,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.”Get guns out of your homes that you’re not using; get guns off our streets.”
A total of 168 guns were surrendered in exchange for food and gas gift cards. Police say more guns are surrendered during their buy-back than some units take in all year. In 2015, more than 250 guns were stolen from Cleveland burglaries.
“It prevents weapons from getting into the hands of the wrong people or getting into the hands of kids or inexperienced handlers,” said Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia.
Valerie Muriello came from Lorain to get rid of guns she says put her grandkids lives in danger.
“It scares me,” said Muriello. “I don’t want them in there. I babysit them twice a week, so they come to the house; they’re very inquisitive, want to get into everything, so even though he [husband] had them put away I wanted them gone.”
All guns are eventually melted and recycled into new steel. Chief Williams says they are planning to make the next gun buy-back bigger.