Detroit gun buyback to offer gift cards, jewelry from melted metal

Event is scheduled for June 11 at Mathis Community Center

DETROIT - A gun buyback program in Detroit will offer gift cards to sellers on the spot and, eventually, collectable jewelry for those who want to help support the cause.

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon announced Monday the event is scheduled for June 11 at the Mathis Community Center. He says people can bring any unloaded gun  -- no questions asked -- and receive a $50 gift card.

The collected weapons' serial numbers are incorporated into jewelry made from the melted metal. An organization called the Caliber Collection donates 20 percent of jewelry sales to future gun buyback programs.

Organizers say roughly 1,500 guns have been turned into jewelry. "Cash for Caliber" events have raised about $135,000 for police departments in or around Detroit, San Francisco, Newark, New Jersey, and Hartford, Connecticut.

"Cash for Caliber" event:

  • Saturday, June 11
  • Mathis Community Center, 19300 Greenfield Road

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