Annual Gun Buyback

Cleveland Police Foundation

The 10th Annual Gun Buyback, held on Sunday, December 4, 2016 was a huge success! Another 168 guns were exchanged for gift cards, making the total 3,076 removed from the City’s neighborhoods since the program’s inception. Thanks to all who support this effort to make our community safer.

2017 City of Cleveland 11th Annual Gun Buyback: TBD. Check back for the date.

10th Annual Gun BuybackIn an effort to improve neighborhood and residential safety, the City of Cleveland with the support of its community partners conducts its annual gun buyback.

The program allows citizens to dispose of unwanted operable firearms in a safe, secure and anonymous manner while receiving gift cards and tickets to professional sporting events and leave with the knowledge that the weapons will not fall into the wrong hands … to be used to perpetrate violent crimes or result in accidental injury or death if improperly handled. An added bonus is the weapons are melted down and recycled into steel for producing appliances, vehicles and other household products.

Closeup of guns that were bought backFunding is made available through grants and donations from corporations, organizations, businesses and individuals.

Chief Calvin Williams states, “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.”

Since its inception, nearly 3,000 of firearms have been removed from the community.

Volunteers from Arcelor at Handgun BuybackArcelorMittal, one of leading steel manufacturers in the world and its employees have been ardent supporters since the program’s inception, providing grants to allow for the purchase of gift cards to “buy” the firearms, and also melting them down into recycled steel at its Cleveland mill.

Other key supporters are Dave’s Markets, TrueNorth Shell, the Cleveland CAVS, Gladiators and Monsters, and individual donors.

Gun that was bought back at the Gun Buyback eventOn behalf of the entire community, our sincere thanks to ArcelorMittal and all our community partners supporting the mission of the CPF.

A member of our staff is happy to discuss how you, your company, or foundation can invest in making our community safer. To learn more about our programs and giving opportunities, please contact us at 216-623-3333, or

November 29, 2016 Press Release: “Guy Buy Back Announced”

Archive of Previous Years’ Buybacks



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