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Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl in conjunction with the Evanston Community Foundation introduced an ongoing gun buyback program facilitated by the Evanston Police Department starting Sept. 30.
The program will allow Evanston residents to turn in an operational firearm to police at any time in exchange for $100. Residents can utilize this service by calling 311 or the Evanston Police Department non-emergency line at 847-866-5000. A police officer will pick up the unwanted firearm from the resident’s address and present the resident with a voucher that can be exchanged for $100 at the City Collector’s office located in the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.
The idea behind this program came about recently when retired Evanston Chief of Police William Logan was approached by one of his neighbors who wanted to turn in a firearm under the gun buyback program after the previous program dates had already passed. Having a program available to meet the needs of the community in this type of situation seemed to be a viable option. Retired Chief Logan communicated with Mayor Tisdahl, who saw promise in this concept.
This program will continue to operate on an amnesty basis as with the previous gun buyback events, and is aimed at reducing the number of firearms that can potentially cause harm in society. Often firearms are not stored properly, which makes them prone to getting into the wrong hands through theft or an unforeseen occurrence in a home where the firearm is kept.
All firearms obtained through this program will be inventoried at the Evanston Police Department and ultimately destroyed. This program will continue as long as funding remains available through the support of the Evanston Community Foundation.