NJ recycling center to change guns into art

June 7, 2011 3:03:45 PM PDT
Police officials from New York and New Jersey were on hand Tuesday to receive more than 900 illegal weapons that will be shredded for use in a statue.

The "Peace Angel" statue will be donated to the NYPD's lower Manhattan headquarters.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly visited Sims Metal Management in Jersey City, where the guns will be recycled. He says he hopes the statue will inspire people to turn in their guns.

The Art of Peace Charitable Trust is making the statue. The winged angel will stand nearly 5 feet tall and consist of confiscated and repurposed street weapons and non-radioactive nuclear missile casings.