Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington says Saturday’s gun buyback netted a total of 45 working firearms.
That’s a little over one gun for every 2,000 Evanston residents, or proportionately about a third as many as were turned in at a gun buyback held by Chicago police this summer.
Eddington says the weapons turned in, each in exchange for $100 in cash, included 26 handguns, 15 rifles and four shotguns.
The gun buyback was held at Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church, 1711 Simpson St.
Eddington says Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl plans to consult with community members to determine their feelings about holding additional gun buyback events or other options.
At least $17,000 had been raised to fund the buyback program, and only a little over a quarter of the money was expended Saturdaay.
Alderman Ann Rainey, on her 8th Ward message board, said the buyback results were “pitiful” but “better than nothing.”
Top: Guns turned in at the buyback event. (EPD photo)