The City of Cleveland and Arcelormittal held a gun melt Wednesday to recycle more than 352 guns that were surrendered at the 2013 City of Cleveland Gun Buy-Back.
On Saturday, June 15, 2013, citizens exchanged firearms for gift cards in addition to tickets to an upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers and Monsters game and an entry into a raffle for a chance to win up to $1,000.
On Wednesday, the weapons were placed into the No. 1 basic oxygen furnace iron ladle and were melted by approximately 200 tons of molten iron, at temperatures of about 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit.
The molten iron, along with scrap, was then charged in the basic oxygen furnace to make steel which will eventually be used to manufacture cars, household appliances and other goods.