The city of Miami, Florida, has announced that they are once again holding a gun buyback with a surprising twist — the city is collecting guns that they plan to transport to Ukraine to fight back against the Russian invasion.
According to the city, the firearms collected during their buyback event may end up being “used to assist the Ukraine support efforts.”
Those who turn in their guns during the buyback event on Saturday can receive a gift card for $50, $100 or even $150.
Our Guns Buyback Program continues Saturday, August 27, from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at Belafonte Tacolcy Center. All guns collected will be send to #Ukraine while we help to take guns off of our streets. #gunbuyback #safestreets pic.twitter.com/PLdPBIHJ3f
— City of Miami (@CityofMiami) August 25, 2022
“The City of Miami has set up a voluntary gun buyback program to assist in providing safety and defense equipment to Ukraine,” a post on the city’s website states. “Your donations will be used to assist the Ukraine support efforts. Receive a gift card starting at $50 for an old, unused, or found weapon, no questions asked. Do your part to make our streets safer.”
The post goes on to state that people can receive a $150 Visa gift card for turning in a “High-powered assault rifle (.223 caliber, AR-15, AK-47),” and they can get a $100 gift card for a shotgun or rifle.
“Turning in an undesired gun is a great way to take guns off the streets by preventing the potential of them falling into the wrong hands. Turning in a gun during the gun buyback… provides safety and security of knowing that the weapon will be properly disposed of or reallocated for use in support of Ukraine. It is also a great way to show your support in the fight against gun violence,” the frequently asked questions section states.
Miami held another buyback event in June. During a press conference in July, City of Miami Commissioner Ken Russell of District 2 suggested that suitable firearms from the event would be sent to the police force of Irpin, Ukraine.