Provincial government announces firearms amnesty next month

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VICTORIA, B.C. – Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Morris joined police this morning to remind British Columbians of the upcoming amnesty to turn in any unwanted firearms, weapons and ammunition next month.

Between October 1st and 31st, B.C. residents can arrange for any documented or undocumented firearms, or other weapons including restricted and prohibited firearms, weapons that have not been used for a criminal purpose, and all forms of ammunition to be picked up.

“We know that firearms, weapons and ammunition are often stolen during break-ins,” said Morris. “For those wondering how to safely dispose of their unwanted firearms like that rifle they inherited that is now collecting dust in the basement, this month-long amnesty is the perfect opportunity to keep a potentially deadly weapon or firearm from landing in the wrong hands.”

Under no circumstances should anyone deliver firearms, weapons or ammunition in person. Those with weapons wishing to be disposed of are being asked to call their local police non-emergency line to arrange for the unwanted items to be picked up.

B.C.’s previous gun amnesty in 2013 produced 1,801 firearms, 155 other weapons and approximately 30,700 rounds of ammunition. The goal of the amnesty program is to ensure the safe disposal of unwanted weapons that could otherwise land in the hands of criminals, children or others, potentially leading to tragic consequences.

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