Evanston police say 28 guns were turned in at Saturday’s gun buyback program at St. Nicholas Church.

The weapons included 19 handguns, 5 rifles and 4 shotguns (photo above).

Additionally, several participants turned in numerous boxes of ammunition as well as accessories, although the $100 buyback payment was only made for firearms.

One of the guns turned in had been reported stolen in Chicago about 17 years ago. But police say that because the buyback program is amnesty-based, no further investigation will be done into the theft.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Do they check to see if the guns were used in crimes?

    The amnesty part of this thing ridiculous.  

    Do they at least do ballistics fingerprinting on these guns to see if they match up to bullets found at crime scenes?

    If not, this seems like a nice invitation for criminals to get rid of key evidence.

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