Annual Gun Buyback

Cleveland Police Foundation

To improve neighborhood and residential safety, Cleveland – with the support of its community partners – conducts its annual Gun Buyback.

2018 Gun Buyback Event: October 20

The Cleveland Police Department will hold their annual gun buyback program October 20, 2018. The buyback starts at 9 a.m. at Cleveland’s Third District Police Station, 4501 Chester Ave.

Anyone bringing in a firearm is eligible for a gift card valued at $100 for handguns and $200 for semi-automatic rifles.

The City of Cleveland Annual Gun Buyback is held once a year. Check 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.

Guns collected at 2017 Gun Buyback event

2017 Gun Buyback Another Success!

The Cleveland Police Foundation is pleased to report on the success of the 11th Annual City of Cleveland Gun Buyback, held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the CPD 3rd District Headquarters.

Funded through a grant generously provided by ArcelorMittal to the Cleveland Police Foundation, the Cleveland Division of Police collected, inspected, cataloged, and will prepare the firearms received for eventual disposal.

Citizens turned in a total of 98 firearms in exchange for $100 gift cards from community partners Dave’s Supermarkets, Target, and TrueNorth Shell.

The 98 firearms consisted of 72 handguns and 26 long guns (rifles and  shotguns, including one assault rifle and several sawed-off shotguns and semi-automatic rifles). There were also 18 very real-looking replica, BB and pellet guns that were turned in… many which were very difficult to discern if real or not without careful examination. Given past tragedies, we all realize the benefit of also removing them from the street.

After processing by the CPD, they will be added to the 168 firearms received in the 2016 Gun Buyback and melted down at the ArcelorMittal plant to be recycled into steel.


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

We thank ArcelorMittal for its continued commitment to making our neighborhoods safer. The Gun Buybacks eliminate the chance for any of these weapons to be used to commit violent crimes, or possibly discharge accidentally and cause harm or even death.

Upon hearing of their support, Charles Lane, Executive Director of the Cleveland Police Foundation stated, “Once again, ArcelorMittal has demonstrated that it is an outstanding corporate citizen and community partner who is committed to making our neighborhoods safer.”

Mike Madar, ArcelorMittal’s Vice President and General Manager stated, “ArcelorMittal has been a longtime supporter of the Cleveland Gun Buyback program. It aligns with the culture of health and safety we have within our facility, and we are pleased to partner with the community to promote safety in our neighborhoods. I know this program has the potential to save lives. We will melt down the weapons collected in the Gun Buyback and recycle them into new steel, transforming them into consumer goods that improve the quality of all our lives.”

Cleveland Police Foundation Community Outreach Coordinator Bob Guttu, who help organize the event, had the opportunity to speak with Ron Godwyn, who turned in a handgun. Ron stated, “I want to thank all those responsible for allowing me to turn in this weapon. I can breathe easier knowing it is out of my house and unavailable for my grandchildren or anyone else to get to it.”

Guttu concluded, “I have a feeling there are quite a few people breathing easier after this event.”

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2017 Gun Buyback - Main Sponsors

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


About the Annual Gun Buyback

Video: Channel 5, Annual Gun Buyback Event

In 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.

Guns collected at 2017 Gun Buyback event

Funding 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.

AK 47 retrieved during gun buybackOn 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 via email.

Archive of Previous Years’ Buybacks


The Cleveland Police Foundation is the official charity for the Cleveland Division of Police and the only organization authorized to solicit charitable contributions on its behalf.

In addition to providing funding for youth and community outreach programs, community policing and engagement initiatives, safety & crime prevention programs, and supporting the members of the Cleveland Division of Police to help them better perform their duties, the CPF proudly supports the following charities in accomplishing their mission.

Contributions to the CPF are tax deductible under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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