Evanston Police will hold a gun buyback event from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave.

Police recovered 32 guns at the last buyback, held in June at Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church.

Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says the buyback “is a great opportunity for those at risk to surrender their firearms and make a positive step towards turning away from criminal activity. It also gives citizens a way to turn in unwanted firearms so they are not at risk for being stolen or misused.”

With the early-December timing of the next buyback, Glew says, “The money you get from turning in that gun can be used for the holidays.”

Glew says the program is amnesty-based, with no arrests of those turning in guns.

To qualify for the $100 cash payment for a gun, the weapon must be unloaded, operational, complete and functional.

Weapons should be transported in a case, bag, box or other supporting container or in the trunk of a vehicle

Persons turning in guns must have ID and be a resident of Evanston, Skokie or the northside of Chicago.

Weapons turned in are turned over to a vendor who grinds them up into scrap metal.

The police gun buyback program is conducted in partnership with Moms Demand Action of Evanston.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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