Steel from weapons buyback will be used for messages of peace

by: Chris Legeros Updated:

SEATTLE - Seattle plans to melt down 750 guns that police collected in a buyback program in January.

The steel from those weapons will be used to make plaques with messages of peace and non-violence inscribed on them.

Seattle school students are being asked to suggest what those messages should be.

Mayor Mike McGinn is asking them to submit their ideas on line at www.seattle.gov/weaponstowords.

The winners' messages will be etched into the plaques.

The mayor says those plaques should be installed in public parks by the end of the year.