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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Guns For Ukraine Buy-Back Program Takes Place Saturday In Miami

MIAMI, FL — A voluntary gun buy-back program taking place Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, will support Ukraine’s defense against Russia, according to a city news release.

The guns will be donated to Ukrainians fighting in the war through the nonprofit organization Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), an organization representing nearly 2 million Ukrainian Americans, the city said. The group has been addressing the war’s humanitarian challenges with direct aid delivered to Ukraine.

Miami’s city commissioners approved a resolution to buy back weapons and send them to Ukraine at their June 9 meeting. Through this resolution, the guns and other items, including surplus police safety equipment, will be shipped to Ukraine through the city’s partnership with the UCCA.

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“People have been wanting to know how to help Ukrainians. Now we’ll find people who want to donate their to help the cause in Ukraine,” Commissioner Ken Russell told the Miami New Times.

During Saturday’s buy-back event, the city is offering Visa gift cards starting at $50 for each old, unused or found weapon donated, no questions asked.

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Gift cards will be exchanged for weapons in the following amounts:

  • $50 per handgun
  • $150 per shotgun/rifle
  • $250 per high-powered assault rifle

No identification is necessary when turning in guns to the city. Before dropping them off, authorities ask that you remove ammunition and ensure the weapons are safe.

Those unable to make it to Saturday’s event can contact guns@miamigov.com to learn about the next buy-back date or to arrange a time to bring guns to the Miami Police Department at 400 NW 2nd Ave.

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