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Guns & ammunition find new purpose fighting gun violence

NOPD disables weapon before metal is donated to Liberty United (Source: WVUE) NOPD disables weapon before metal is donated to Liberty United (Source: WVUE)
Liberty United cuff bracelet made from gunmetal (Source: WVUE) Liberty United cuff bracelet made from gunmetal (Source: WVUE)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Guns and bullets taken from the streets of New Orleans will be artfully transformed to fight gun violence. 

The NOPD has joined a partnership with Liberty United, an organization re-purposes guns and ammunition to make high end jewelry. 

Liberty United donates 20 percent or more of its profits to programs designed to help protect at-risk children from gun violence. 

NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison says the department will turn over weapons from buy-back programs to Liberty.  

"Since 2013 Liberty United has funded programs benefiting nearly 2,000 kids in partner cities across the U.S. from New York to Philadelphia to Chicago and now starting today in New Orleans," said founder Peter Thum. 

Locally the money generated will go to help fund the Nola for Life program. It supports local, non-profit groups dedicated to protecting children and fighting violent crime in the New Orleans area. 

To see Liberty United's creations, click here. 

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