The City of Evanston will team with several community organizations to co-sponsor its second gun buyback program for Evanston residents, to be held from noon to 4 p.m. on June 29 at Pope John XXIII School Cafeteria (St. Nicholas Church), 1120 Washington St.

Guns must be unloaded, in operational condition, and participants must have proof of Evanston residency. Examples of proof of residency include a piece of mail, Evanston Public Library card, student ID or a government-issued ID.

This is an amnesty-based buyback program, and no police enforcement action will be taken as a result of someone turning in a firearm. 

Participants are encouraged to bring in ammunition, ammunition clips and magazines, but they must be kept separate from the weapon at all times. Weapons should be transported in the trunk of a vehicle or in an inaccessible area of a van or pick-up truck.

There is a two-gun limit, and participants in the buyback program will receive $100 cash for each firearm. The program will operate on a first-come, first-served basis and will end at the designated time or when all funds are exhausted.

Evanston residents wishing to participate in the gun buyback program, but  unfamiliar or uncomfortable with hndling a firearm can call 311 for assistance and an officer will come to the residence to retrieve the firearm. Amnesty will still apply for this type of request.

Any participant who wishes to receive a receipt for record-keeping purposes, indicating that the weapon is no longer in his or her possession will then be asked for additional information.

The Evanston Community Foundation has established a fund to accept residents’ contributions in support of the program at or by mail to: Evanston Community Foundation, 1007 Church St., Suite 108, Evanston, IL 60201. The program is also made possible by the support of residents, Northwestern University, NorthShore Evanston Hospital and the Cherry Family Foundation.

The City wishes to remind residents that firearms are a potential hazard in any home. Firearms can be stolen, used in an accidental shooting or a suicide. When guns are used in criminal attacks, the outcomes are often irreversible and fatal. When guns are used to settle disputes, the result can be devastating. The access to and availability of firearms is associated with an increased risk of suicide in the home.