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Romeoville Police Department hosting gun buy back

4/11/2018, 1:32 p.m.
The Romeoville Police Department will conduct a gun buy-back program that will be held on April 21 from 9 a.m. ...
The Romeoville Police Department displays the guns and ammunition collected in their Saturday buyback program. Courtesy of the Romeoville Police Department

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The Romeoville Police Department will conduct a gun buy-back program that will be held on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the law enforcement campus, 1050 W. Romeo Rd.

Residents can turn in any unwanted weapons with a no-questions-asked policy and no penalties.

According to village officials, the buy back will help reduce the number of firearms in the community that can be used in the perpetration of a crime or could cause injury.

“Officers across the country see many instances where suspects, particularly juveniles, commit a crime with an older weapon that the rightful owner no longer uses, has forgotten about, or has seemingly lost track of,” according to the release.

The department is encouraging residents turn in any unwanted weapons, including those previously owned by someone who is now deceased or has left the home.

Residents will receive $60 in cash the day of the buy-back for each weapon turned in.

Ammunition may be turned in as well, however there will be no payment to individuals turning in ammunition only.

Weapons should be unloaded and placed in a bag or other container and transported in the trunk or rear area of your vehicle.

Residents who are unfamiliar with weapons are asked to try to unload or tamper with a firearm in any way.

Persons wishing to participate in the program, but who do not have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (F.O.I.D.) will be given amnesty during transport provided they travel in a direct route from their home to the drop off point. Once you arrive at the site, an officer will take possession of your weapon, no questions will be asked of the person turning in the weapon(s).

If you want to turn in a weapon but have no transportation or you prefer a police officer transport your weapon(s), contact the police department and assistance will be provided on a case-by-case basis.

If you have any further questions about the program, please contact Sergeant Christopher Burne at 815-886-7219.