Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Seattle to melt buyback guns into peace plaques

Josh Trujillo
/ via The Associated Press

The Seattle Police Department collected more than 700 guns during a buyback in January, and now city officials have a plan for them.

Mayor Mike McGinn announced Tuesday they'll be melted into plaques that feature quotes from Seattle children about gun violence.

Students can submit quotes in the "Weapons to Words" contest to the mayor's office. Winning entries will be selected by Sept. 15. The plaques will be placed in Seattle parks.

The program is supported by Schnitzer Steel and the Chihuly Studio, which is helping to design the plaques.

Students can submit their quote of 50 words or less to


The Associated Press (“AP”) is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from the AP. Founded in 1846, the AP today is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. The AP considers itself to be the backbone of the world’s information system, serving thousands of daily newspaper, radio, television, and online customers with coverage in text, photos, graphics, audio and video.