Evanston Holds Gun Buyback Day In Hopes Of Safer Community

Receive $100 for every gun turned in.

Bernie Tafoya
December 07, 2018 - 1:11 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Evanston police and Moms Demand Action are hoping to make the streets safer by holding a gun buyback program on Saturday.

"You bring us the gun. We give you the cash," said Evanston Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew.

He said $100 cash will be given to people who turn in unwanted guns, no questions asked and no arrests for carrying a gun.

Cmdr. Glew said turning guns in helps keep them from getting into the wrong hands.

"If you’re burglarized, that gun can be taken. If there’s a theft of people that are legally in your house, that gun can be taken and then that gun is going to be into the circulation of criminal enterprise," he said.

Still Cmdr. Glew said the "guns need to be unloaded, but they need to be operational. They need to be a complete and functional gun. They need to be transported legally in a case, bag or box or some supporting item or in the trunk of a vehicle."

Cmdr. Glew said a gun buyback program in June netted 32 unwanted guns that were safely disposed of. 

The program is for residents of Evanston, Skokie and the North Side of Chicago. Idenfification will need to be shown.  The buyback event will be held at the Unitarian Church of Evanston on Ridge Avenue from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Saturday.