Newark Democratic Mayor Cory Booker has created a program for the city to melt down weapons for jewelry and then use some of the proceeds from the jewelry sales to finance its gun buyback program.
Booker described the program on MSNBC Wednesday. After the guns are melted down, the metal is sent to Jewelry For A Cause, which turns it into silver and brass pieces valued up to $375, The Newark Star-Ledger reports
. Each jewelry item carries the gun’s serial number.
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The idea behind the jewelry company is that a portion of its sales goes to charity, and in this case, $20,000 has been raised for Newark’s gun buyback program.
“This isn’t a cure all, but everybody has the power to do something small and to make a difference,” Booker said.
He told The Star-Ledger that he thought of the jewelry program in 2011 after meeting with Jessica Mindich, CEO of Connecticut-based Jewelry For A Cause.
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