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Now you can turn in your guns any time

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Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl Monday announced the start of a continuing gun buyback program for Evanston residents.

If you have a gun that works, just call 311 or the non-emergency line of the Evanston Police Department at (847) 866-5000 and a police officer will come to your home and pick it up.

He will also give you a voucher that can be exchanged for $100 at the city collector’s office.

The mayor credits retired Police Chief William Logan for coming up with the idea when he was apprroached by a neighbor after a previous gun buyback event had ended.

He figured it made more sense to buy back the weapons whenever someone called.

The program will operate on an amnesty basis and the firearms will be inventoried by the police and ultimately destroyed, the mayor said.

Funding support for the program comes from a grant from the Evanston Community Foundation.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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