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.