Fact Check: Miami DID Sponsor 'Guns 4 Ukraine' Gun Buyback Program

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: Miami DID Sponsor 'Guns 4 Ukraine' Gun Buyback Program Government-Run

Did the city of Miami sponsor a gun buyback program in support of Ukraine? Yes, that's true: The June 18, 2022, event is being used to get guns off the street and also to support Ukraine. Donations are going to the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), according to the city's website.

The claim appeared in an Instagram post on June 15, 2022, under the title "GUNS 4 UKRAINE GUN BUY BACK." It opened:

THE CITY OF MIAMI POLICE DEPARTMENT IS HOSTING A GUN BUYBACK IN AN EFFORT TO SUPPORT UKRAINE AND TAKE GUNS OFF THE STREETS.

This is what the post looked like on Instagram at the time of writing:

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(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Fri Jun 17 14:25:29 2022 UTC)

The donations to the UCCA during the gun buyback are tax-deductible, as the group is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The Miami program also encourages direct online donations to the cause.

According to the city website, some of the weapons could go directly to the war effort:

Your donations will be used to assist the Ukraine support efforts. ... Turning in a gun during the gun buyback ... provides safety and security of knowing that the weapon will be properly disposed of or reallocated for use in support of Ukraine. It is also a great way to show your support in the fight against gun violence.

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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