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Romeoville Police Department to conduct gun buyback program

Several used handguns sit behind a glass display case Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at MMI Guns in Minooka, Ill.
Several used handguns sit behind a glass display case Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at MMI Guns in Minooka, Ill.

The Romeoville Police Department will be conducting a gun buyback program in which residents can turn in firearms without penalty.

Residents can drop off their weapons from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at the Romeoville Police Department’s bond/release entrance at the west end of the building at 1050 W. Romeo Road.

The police department’s goal is to reduce the number of firearms in the community that fall into the hands of those who commit crimes with an older weapon that the rightful owner no longer uses, has forgotten about or may have lost track of.

The department is encouraging residents who know of unwanted weapons in their home to turn them in, including weapons that previously were owned by someone who now is dead or has left the home.

Residents will be paid $60 in cash for each weapon turned in. Ammunition also can be turned in, but there will be no payment to those who only turn in ammunition.

Weapons should be unloaded and placed in a bag or other container and transported in the trunk or rear area of a resident’s vehicle. If a resident is unfamiliar with the firearm, they are advised to not try to unload it or tamper with it in any way.

Those who want to participate in the program but do not have a valid firearm owner’s identification card will be given amnesty during transport, provided they travel in a direct route from their home to the drop-off point. Once residents arrive at the site, an officer will take possession of the weapon and no questions will be asked.

Those with questions, who don’t have transportation or would prefer a police officer to transport the weapon can call Sgt. Christopher Burne at 815-886-7219.

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