Firearm Safety

If you are a gun owner, please take extreme care to store your gun(s) safely and properly. The following are firearm storage tips from Project ChildSafe:

  • Store unloaded firearms in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault, or storage safe.
  • Unloaded firearms can also be secured with a gun locking device that renders the gun inoperable, but gun locks are not a substitute for secure storage.
  • Always check firearms to be sure they are *still* unloaded when you remove them from storage.
  • If firearms are disassembled, parts should be securely locked in separate locations.
  • Store ammunition separately and securely.
  • If you are concerned about quick access to your firearm, consider a special lockable case that can be quickly opened only by you/authorized individuals.

Free Gun Locks

Project ChildSafe has provided the Winnetka Police Department with a supply of gun locks that can be used on both handguns and long guns. Residents may pick one (or more) up in the lobby of the Winnetka Police Department at 410 Green Bay Road at any time, while supplies last.

Safe Storage of Assault Weapons

Per Winnetka Village Code, it is unlawful to keep any assault weapon in the Village unless it is secured in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device, rendering the weapon inoperable by any person other than the lawfully authorized user. It is also unlawful for any person to carry or possess an assault weapon in the Village, except when they are on their own land or in their home.

Surrendering Firearms and Ammunition

If you have a firearm that you would like to surrender to be destroyed, you may bring it to the Winnetka Police Department at 410 Green Bay Road at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No one will be asked for identification nor will be subject to prosecution for turning in any handgun or ammunition. 


The Village is pleased to partner with Be SMART, a nonpartisan organization that encourages safe gun storage for gun owners to save children’s lives. Learn more about Be SMART and their educational resources on their website.