Corporal Kate Bamber says the results weren’t unexpected in this area, as they are primarily used for hunting.
“Nothing that you wouldn’t expect to have in a community such a Fort St. John where people are involved in hunting as part of their recreational activities,” she explains. “Quite a lot of ammunition was turned in, but nothing surprising as well.”
A gun amnesty hasn’t been held in B.C. since 2006, and Bamber says police forces across the province felt it was time for another.
“There was a real opportunity for people to get rid of unwanted guns and firearms and weapons, that they didn’t want anymore,” she argues. “We have lots of people who maybe no longer hunt, or maybe someone’s passed away and a significant other – a spouse or a child – doesn’t really have the proper paperwork to have it and they don’t want to bother getting it.”
Bamber adds that people may also worry about not having the adequate storage to safe keep firearms from children or thieves.
“You never know if something not secured properly a child could always find it and tragedy can strike.”
As with 2006, there were some interesting items turned in elsewhere in the province, including a machine gun, bayonets from the 1800s, and a military missile.