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Gun buyback (and "safe surrender") Events get unwanted guns out of our communities

Why gun buybacks?
  • Many homes contain unwanted and potentially dangerous firearms.
  • Any gun in a home can be stolen, or used to intimidate or injure, or used for suicide, or found by a child if improperly stored.

  • Gun buyback/safe surrender events provide a safe means to dispose of guns.
  • Guns are collected anonymously.
  • Collected guns will ultimately be destroyed.
  • Gift cards may be offered for operable guns collected.
How can you help?


You can help by HOSTING

Faith communities and other organizations across America are hosting gun buyback events to provide the public a safe and meaningful opportunity for disposing of unwanted guns. If your faith community or organization would like to learn more, please let us know.


You can help by VOLUNTEERING

Gun buyback events require a number of volunteers to greet donors, provide information to them, distribute gift cards, and direct traffic.

These events also require persons able to safely operate a CHOPSAW for the destruction of weapons onsite. We also welcome persons with skill in BLACKSMITHING and/or METALWORKING to transform gun pieces into instruments of peace. (Interested in blacksmith training for this purpose? We may be able to help.)


You can help by DONATING

Donations to God Before Guns are always welcome. Go HERE to donate.

September 17, 2022
God Before Guns Co-Sponsored a Gun Buyback at
St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Mentor, OH

A sampling of guns turned in.
Tim Cunningham from The Urban Forge demonstrating how guns are reborn as garden tools.
These were gun barrels.
Soon they will be garden tools.
June 11, 2022
God Before Guns Participated in

Guns to Gardens: National Gun Buyback Day 
Co-Sponsored with:
Church of the Epiphany, Euclid OH
Guns being collected.
Guns being destroyed.
Guns being turned into garden tools.
Co-Sponsored with:
First Community Church, Columbus OH

October 16, 2021

Co-Sponsored with: 
Church of the Covenant, Cleveland OH

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