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Guns for gift cards: God Before Guns hosts buyback event on Cleveland’s East Side

God Before Guns, The Church of the Covenant and The Presbytery of the Western Reserve...
God Before Guns, The Church of the Covenant and The Presbytery of the Western Reserve collaborated to accept and recycle unwanted guns Saturday.(Tim Dubravetz)
Published: Oct. 9, 2021 at 8:28 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2021 at 4:51 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Residents of Northeast Ohio received between $100 and $300 by turning over guns at a buyback event at the Church of the Covenant on the East Side next week.

The gun buyback event, organized by the group God Before Guns and the Presbytery of the Western Reserve, was held on Oct. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at 11205 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, according to a media release.

“Gun violence in Cleveland is getting worse. Homicides are on track this year to be even worse than in 2020,” said Rev. Kristine Eggert, co-founder and executive director of God Before Guns. “Guns are also responsible for too many domestic violence deaths and injuries, as well as suicides. Any operable gun has the potential to wound or kill someone or to threaten and intimidate. And whether there is one gun or 50 or more turned in on Saturday, there are that many fewer guns out there that can kill or maim. As people of faith who believe in the sanctity of life, we must work to prevent even a single gun death.”

Participants received gift cards worth before $100 and $300 depending on what type of weapon they brought in.

The guns will be destroyed and recycled.

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