On December 4, the Evanston Police Department will be partnering with the Evanston Community Foundation, Mount Zion Baptist Church and Carolyn Murray to host a gun buyback event. This event is the culmination of Murray’s efforts to end gun violence after the tragic murder of her son, Justin Murray, in 2012. Murray’s dedication to preventing gun violence related deaths has spearheaded yearly successful gun buyback events in Evanston dating back to 2012.
With community safety being the goal and priority, the gun buyback event allows residents to turn in unwanted guns. An unwanted gun is at an increased risk of being stolen and used illegally. It is also an opportunity for at-risk community members to turn in guns and turn away from criminal activity. This event is amnesty-based which means that no arrest will be made for those turning in guns.
The event is open to residents of Evanston, Skokie, and the northside of Chicago. Residents must show an ID at the door. The event will take place at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1113 Clark Street, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
- Weapons should be UNLOADED and transported in a case, box, bag or vehicle trunk.
- This event is first come, first served.
- Compensation is $100 per gun and $25 for ammunition.
- Masks will be required.
Guns that are turned in will be destroyed in accordance with local and federal guidelines.