Turning guns into garden tools is at the center of the work of RAWtools. It connects our programs and enables storytelling—stories of magnificent transformation as well as the deep trauma of grief and loss.

A free garden tool from your gun.

RAWtools’ mission to “disarm hearts and forge peace” is driven by our ability to make a choice about the tools we use to navigate conflict. As we lose more than 100 people a day to gun violence in the United States, it’s becoming more and more clear that guns have no place in conflict resolution. Many folks donate their guns to RAWtools because they realize they don’t need them anymore. Our Sword to Plow program allows you to donate your gun to RAWtools and receive a garden tool from that gun for free. RAWtools keeps any remaining parts to make more tools or items to raise money for our work. We walk you through the process of legally disabling your gun and connect you to our disarming network.

Find a Disarming Location near you.

Disabling a gun isn’t something most people do every day. We’re building a network that helps people connect with others who have the knowledge, resources, and safe spaces to disable guns according to Federal ATF guidelines. Use this map to see if there is a Disarming Location near you. These locations can help you legally and safely disable your gun to be mailed to RAWtools. Your gun will then be made into a garden tool, necklace, or another custom item. As a gun donor, you can take advantage of our Swords To Plows Program and get a garden tool for FREE. Ready to donate your gun and start the disarming process?

Join the Disarming Network

If you don’t have a gun to donate, you can become a part of our Disarming Network to help others disable their guns. You can provide a safe, public space like a church parking lot to host the process. Or you can offer the use of your metal chop saw or cutting torch.

Many of our current hosts are connected to churches, but this network is not limited to churches and is open to organizations and individuals who want to help.

Please fill out the form below to request being added to our Disarming Network. Please contact us with any questions.
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Telling Your Stories

In 2019 we’re excited to launch our story telling capability. We have tracked every tool we’ve made to the gun or guns it came from since we started in 2013. When you donate a gun, it can make more than one tool or piece of art. You have the option of telling the story of why you donated your gun or gave it to RAWtools. We’ll track the tools we make from it those tool owners will get to see your story, but you’ll also get to see what people are doing with the tools made from your gun. How many pounds of food are they growing each year with you gun? How beautiful are the gardens they are growing? Tool owners are given the opportunity to actively transform the story of the gun from something that brings death into something that cultivates life.

Gun violence speaks from many situations. When we tell these stories it offers another opportunity to connect to solutions that prevent gun violence. If you buy a tool that was made from a gun involved in a suicide, you help financially support a program that educates the public on mental health first aid and suicide prevention. We can connect the funds from these tools to programs that give you better tools to solve conflict – conflict within ourselves or conflict between our neighbors. If a gun is donated that was used for self-defense, the tools we make from it will support programs that teach de-escalation and bystander training. These programs give you the tools to be a nonviolent force in your community. See more about this in our War No More programs.

If you’ve purchased this item and want to submit a story, please fill out the form below.
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