Illinois Gun Turn-in / “Buyback” Includes 8 Air Guns, Antiques

Guns turned in at the Evanston “buyback”

U.S.A.-( Gun turn-in events, labeled with the Orwellian term “buyback” are making a small comeback in the United States.  Most of them are occurring in states where private sales are not allowed by law. They are not occurring in states which require the valuable property to be sold for the public’s benefit.

Illinois has a version of the law that requires private sales to go through the state website, identify the purchaser of the firearms with a Firearms Owner Identification (FOID), and be assigned an approval number.  This eliminates privacy from private sales. It becomes unworkable for private purchasers to buy guns legally at gun turn-in events.

At the Evanston, Illinois event, 53 guns were turned in on December 4, 2021. From

EVANSTON, Ill. — Evanston police held a gun buyback event on Saturday, just days after a shooting left four people wounded and one dead.

“It gets the guns off the street. Whether it’s one gun or five, today we had 53. It gets the guns off the street,” interim police chief Aretha Barnes said.

Today, citizens were given $100 for each gun and $25 for ammunition. The gun buyback began nine years ago.

“I’m a lifetime 5th Ward Evanston resident and I was concerned about the gun violence I was experiencing in the neighborhood, so I was planning to do a gun buyback,” organizer Carolyn Murray said.

The best academic study of these events shows they do not reduce homicide, gun crimes, or suicide. There is a small but statistically significant increase in crimes committed with guns in the two months after the event.

These events are propaganda, street theater, virtue signaling; they are symbolic, not pragmatic.

They are meant to send the message: Guns are bad. Turn them into the Police.

Eight of the 53 guns shown as turned in at the Evanston event were BB guns, CO2 guns, or spring-powered air guns. Presumably, the people who turned them in received $100 for each of them.

Private purchasers at gun turn-in events eliminate the propaganda value of these events. They show the opposite message:

Guns are good. We pay cash.

Private purchasers buy guns that are worth more than what the organizers of the event are willing to pay. It is a way for ignorant owners of guns, who want them out of their house, to get a closer approximation of what the gun is worth.

An original military-stocked 1903 Springfield rifle may have been turned in at the event (upper right corner). It could be worth several hundred dollars to a collector.  Several other firearms worth hundreds of dollars each were turned in. They include what appear to be Glock handguns, a Remington model 11 shotgun, a pair of antique 7-shot .22 revolvers, a near-new .22 lever action rifle, and others.

If the motive of the organizers were to “get guns off the street”, they would welcome private purchasers. Private purchasers would stretch their money, moving guns from unwanted hands into the hands of responsible owners.

There was no indication of private buyers at the Evanston event. It appears the Illinois law worked to prevent private sales.

Ideally, the organizers of these events would sell the guns they obtain in ordinary commercial channels, then use the money to  buy more guns from people who do not want them.

Moving guns from unwanted hands into responsible hands is not the intent.  Destruction of the valuable property appears to meet an emotional need. Organizers want to shift responsibility for bad events from people to inanimate objects.

When faced with the option of selling the guns or not having a turn-in “buyback” event, organizers choose not to have the event.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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A couple of years ago I had a chance to pick up an assortment of guns from an older man, I mean older. I was in a gun shop when this gentleman came in and doing it the right way to turn his guns in wanted to sell them, he stated that before something happened to him and rather than have his wife have to deal with getting rid of them, he would sell them to the shop and that someone else would get some enjoyment out of them! Most of them were Black powder guns but one was an… Read more »

Wild Bill

You are a good man, willyd, Merry Christmas and may all good things come to you in the New Year.


“Evanston police held a gun buyback event”

“Officers pay $100 per gun for the weapons” – no, they don’t

“Police and community cooperation is what made this event a success,” according to a statement from Evanston police. “Amnesty based gun buyback events are an opportunity to get guns out of the community and disposed of properly.” A certain percentage of enforcers will say anything they are told to say, no matter how ridiculous.


The SCAMdemic, has put the spotlight on the tyrants and their wannabe sycophants. The defining down of law enforcement just like the public education system is showing its worthlessness and its causing insurmountable problems in society.


A lot of government employees have been on a power trip since early 2020. Power and control are like drugs to them.


An encounter may be initiated over some minor infraction, but once a certain percentage of enforcers feel like their perceived authority isn’t be respected they will frequently escalate. Will (“TEX”) explained how he would do this to retaliate against someone. Once they give a command, they want it followed, even if not required by law. The reason for the initial stop is no longer relevant to anything they are doing – it is all about their ego, authority, power, and the “civilian’s” compliance. They will go to great lengths to charge such a person with a crime – any crime.… Read more »


Yup, they’ve chosen their paycheck over their duty to protect the Constitution.


I should start my own gun buyback!


Aren’t those two reports on the same story?

I wonder what happened to the StG44.


You’re right. Didn’t catch that. Funny thing is that one article was published in 2012 and the other in 2014.


I can only imagine the stories in the years to come as firearm owners die and family members go running to the government with their firearms.


One of my oldest friends died from Mesothelioma induced lung cancer from decades of working at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard about five years ago. He had an old Colt 1911 and several shotguns including a vintage Browning Automatic 12 gauge that I tried to buy off him for years. He wasn’t very organized, he didn’t will the weapons to anyone, Hell, his wife didn’t know much about his finances, she had to hire a forensic accountant to try and find all the passive accounts. I should have made an offer when he was dying but it felt morbid, every… Read more »


I think there are a lot of people like that – they are absolutely convinced government knows best. I wonder what happened to those firearms.


The nicest ones ended up in sheriff’s or deputies personal collections. Some may have ended up as ‘drop’ guns in case evidence was needed. Remainder were probably sold through gun shops.


“officers realised it was rare & agreed to let her sell it.”

Typical limo-commie: HER cash over ideology every time.

Last edited 11 months ago by Russn8r

Recently, authorities held a “gun buyback” in my part of New Jersey. They offered a ridiculously low sum for any firearm turned in. If I had a gun which I no longer want to own, I would rather give it away for free to one of the struggling gun stores in my state.

Last edited 11 months ago by Wass

Were any Pop-Tart guns or finger guns “turned in”???


Many, many moons ago, a liberal SoCal couple showed up at the city PD where I worked. They were there asking that all of his recently deceased uncles guns be destroyed. Chief turned over a cardboard box with a dozen pistols to the range master. Range master returned to the chief’s office one hour later to report one was a Colt Single Action Army, and he had a buyer ready to fork over $12,000 for it. Chief called the liberals, who decided maybe that one gun was not evil and could be sold. Freakin idiot hypocrites – but still, lots… Read more »

Wild Bill

I would reckon that once a thing was given away, that thing was no longer theirs. Title and possession had transferred, unless there is some statute in Wy that requires items given to the PD to be destroyed., of course. Merry Christmas and a Happy New firearm purchase.


What’s bad about BuyBacks? IMO, they take guns off the street from those who don’t want them, probably don’t know how to use them, and most of all, would probably sell them to a thug for $50…..!!!! BUY THEM ALL UP!!!! Fewer out there, the better for the rest of us. Quit ‘projecting’ your 2A rights on those that don’t want to have guns. It’s safer for us ALL next time you’re waking down the street! BUY THEM ALL UP!!

  1. Provides a disposal process for firearms used in violent crimes (“no questions asked”).
  2. Waste of taxpayer money.
  3. Proliferates the narrative that guns are the problem.
  4. Reduces the number of firearms not being tracked (if the cops destroy it vs stealing it).

If someone has a firearm they no longer want, and they are afraid of selling it via a private sale, take it to a gun shop and sell it to them.


Provides disposal process for spouses or “partners” to steal & turn in Other People’s Firearms (“no questions asked”)?

Last edited 11 months ago by Russn8r

Damn – now that could result in justified homicide. I don’t have any particularly expensive pieces, but certainly couldn’t replace them for “buy back” prices.


I will gladly trade this butter/fudd for any pro-2A Californian.