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The City of Evanston will join with several community organizations to hold another gun buyback program for residents on Saturday, June 29.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Pope John XXIII School Cafeteria, 1120 Washington St..

Guns must be unloaded, in operational condition and participants must have proof of Evanston residency. Examples of proof of residency include a piece of mail, Evanston Public Library card, student ID or a government-issued ID.

This is an amnesty-based buyback program and no police enforcement action will be taken as a result of someone turning in a firearm. Participants are encouraged to bring in ammunition, ammunition clips and magazines, but kept separate from the weapon at all times. Weapons should be transported in the trunk of a vehicle or in an inaccessible area of a van or pick-up truck.

There is a two-gun limit and participants in the buyback program will receive $100 cash for each firearm. The program will operate on a first come, first served basis and will end at the designated time or when all funds are exhausted.

If an Evanston resident wishes to participate in the gun buyback program, but is unfamiliar or uncomfortable with handling a firearm, they can call 3-1-1 for assistance and an officer will come out to the residence to retrieve the firearm. Amnesty will still apply for this type of request.

If a participant wishes to receive a receipt indicating that the weapon is no longer in their possession for record keeping purposes, they will then be asked for additional information.

The Evanston Community Foundation has established a fund to accept residents’ contributions in support of the program at evanstonforever.org or by mail to: Evanston Community Foundation, 1007 Church St., Suite 108, Evanston, IL 60201.

The program is also made possible by the generous support of residents, Northwestern University, NorthShore Evanston Hospital and the Cherry Family Foundation.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl says firearms are a potential hazard in any home. Firearms can be stolen, used in an accidental shooting or a suicide. When guns are used in criminal attacks, the outcomes are often irreversible and fatal.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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