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Thursday, 16 June 2016 19:29

"Cash For Caliber" Takes 450 Guns Off Streets To Increase Safety, Peace

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You can't put a price on safety, but paying individuals to surrender weapons goes a long way toward increasing the peace.  On Saturday, June 11, 2016, Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon, Judge Greg Mathis and Caliber Collection CEO Jessica Mindich teamed up to hold a unique gun buy-back event in one of Detroit's neighborhoods hit hardest by violence.  Judge Greg Mathis generously donated use of the Mathis Community Center (19300 Greenfield Road) to serve as the venue for the program and also stayed onsite to helped facilitate its success.

The gun buy back event offered $50 per weapon surrendered--no questions asked--with a limit of three weapons per person.  The community response was overwhelming.  Several hundred guns were taken in within the first hour!  WCSO officers conducted the process which was swift and orderly.  All types of weapons were retrieved, from handguns to long barrel rifles.  All that was required was the weapon was to be brought in unloaded, in its carrying case or wrapped in newspaper.  Everyone who participated complied and even applauded the Sheriff and his team for their effort.

"Gun buy-back programs are effective because they allow people to get rid of weapons in their homes they don't want around," said Sheriff Napoleon.  "Too many of our babies and loved ones are falling victim to gun violence.  This allows us to work together to get guns off the streets which will save lives."

The Sheriff's office is grateful to Caliber Collection CEO Jessica Mindich who donated the $25,000 used to pay for the gift cards.  She spearheaded the program several years ago with then New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker in response to a spike in crime in his city.  While most gun buy back programs are pretty cut and dried, C4C has a pretty unique twist.  After the guns are processed, they weapons are redendered inoperable and melted down.  Mindich's company then retrieves the melted product to have artists turn them into rings, bracelets and cufflinks which are imprinted with serial numbers and emblazoned with Detroit before they're sold.  The jewelry can be purchased online at calibercollection.com, Amazon, s.h.e. stores in Bloomfield Hills and Grosse Pointe, the Detroit Shop at Somerset Mall and at the DIA.

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