On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, the City of Cleveland and ArcelorMittal Cleveland will hold a gun melt 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.
“This gun melt will take guns surrendered by their owners, recycle them into steel and prevent them from ever being used in an act of violence,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “I’d like to thank ArcelorMittal for being a good partner in the City’s efforts to improve safety and reduce gun violence.”
“This year, ArcelorMittal Cleveland is celebrating one hundred years of steelmaking in the industrial valley. For a century, the steel industry has had deep roots in the Cleveland community, and we share a common goal for a healthy, safe, sustainable city. We are pleased to continue our partnership with the City of Cleveland and Cleveland Police Foundation,” said Eric Hauge, Vice President & General Manager, ArcelorMittal Cleveland.
Following a media briefing, the guns will be placed into the No. 1 Basic Oxygen Furnace iron ladle and will be melted by approximately 200 tons of molten iron, at temperatures of about 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. The molten iron, along with scrap, is then charged in the basic oxygen furnace to make steel which will eventually be used to manufacture cars, household appliances and other goods.