Evanston police say community residents turned in 32 guns during a gun buyback event today at Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church.

The weapons turned in included six long guns and 26 handguns.

Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says those weapons are no longer at risk of being abused or being used in criminal activity. 

The event was sponsored by the Police Department in partnership with Moms Demand Action of Evanston.

Residents were given $100 in exchange for every weapon turned in.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Good start, but…
    …now what happens to them? Will they be destroyed? Resold? Given away?

  2. Effectiveness?
    What really matters is if gun buybacks reduce the overall risk criminal activity with guns, or abuse of guns. I don’t care about the particular guns they bought back since they are easy to replace.

    This is a waste of time and money.

    If a cop was working at the buy back then he could have been monitoring traffic on Ridge Ave, which might have actually saved a life.

    1. Guns

      Hi Joy,

      Chief Eddington tells me that the guns Evanston police get from the buyback here are turned over to a vendor who grinds them up into scrap metal.

      — Bill

    2. Irresponsible and lazy assertion

      Joy your statement was irresponsible and lazy. The article is largely about the Ft. Worth PD. You took an article about a Texas PD and used it to make a general statement about police across the nation, specifically Evanston. Find an article about a PD in Cook County that resells guns from a buyback then let’s start from there. I don’t know of any. Not saying there isn’t one but isn’t one I’ve heard of.

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