On July 23, 2017, Lt. Chuck Martin, metal artist Patrick Toups, Capt. Dan Cochran, pub owner Michael Jakob and Deputy Brandon Lewis selected the most suitable firearms collected during the buyback to be used during the iron pour. 
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff’s Office

Man to ‘artistically destroy’ guns with molten iron at Atlanta bar

A metal artist will turn weapons collected during a recent Fulton County buyback program into artwork Friday. 

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Atlanta Metal Arts and the Elliott Street Pub partnered to “artistically destroy” the weapons, according to a press release. 

An “iron pour” is held monthly at Elliott Street Pub, owned by Michael Jakob. The event will entail metal artist Patrick Toups pouring liquid iron heated to 5,000 degrees into frames containing at least one of the disabled handguns and long guns.

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The iron will harden with a textured, black appearance, the firearms embedded within. The result will be a creation, weighing up to 100 pounds, that could hang on a wall.  

The artwork, each piece numbered, will eventually be auctioned to benefit charity.

The guns were collected by law enforcement and community advocates during a “no questions asked” event in June. Nearly 350 guns were collected, according to a spokeswoman. 

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