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About 930 illegal guns were shredded at a Jersey City recycling plant Tuesday and the fragments will be melted down to cast a Peace Angel statue to be erected in New York City as an antiviolence emblem.

NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly donated the illegal guns to the Art of Peace Charitable Trust.

The first statue will be 5 feet tall, and will be placed at One Police Plaza. The commissioner, as well as Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, were on hand to see the guns shredded at Sims Management on Linden Avenue.

Additional statues for New York City are to be cast, and the trust’s website shows an artist rendering of a 35-foot version planned for the city.

“We commend the trust’s inspiring efforts through artistic expression to help end the scourge of senseless violence most commonly manifested through illegal guns on the street of our cities,” Kelly said.

Source: NJ.com

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