Evanston IL is offering residents a chance to get $100 to turn in firearms, with no questions asked. The Evanston Police check these guns out and have found some interesting information such as weapons being stolen or involved in a crime but they just want to get them off the street.
All you have to do is call the police non-emergency number at 311 and an officer will pick it up and you get a voucher to collect $100 at Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. This idea started when a resident asked former Evanston Chief of Police William Logan what to do with a firearm he wanted to get out of his house. The program is now on going and has no time limits.
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced this program September 30th and the funds for the gun payback are coming from Evanston Community Foundation and its’ donors. Many people have donated money for such a great cause. Ultimately these guns will be destroyed.
Firearms in the wrong hands cause horrible accidents and often crimes are committed with stolen guns that come from a residential burglary. Let us all help Evanston become a safer community. If you have any weapons you do not need or know someone who does, spread the word.
No one wants to hear about tragedies that can be avoided.