Seattle to melt buyback guns into peace plaques

May 7, 2013

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