SURREY, B.C. – The RCMP’s ‘E’ Division says that hundreds of British Columbians have turned in firearms and other weapons for the BC Gun Amnesty during the first half of October.
In the first two weeks of this month, police across the province have collected over 480 firearms and replicas. In addition to the usual variety of gun-related items including holsters, limited explosives, and several thousand rounds of miscellaneous ammunition, police have also received unique historical weapons including a World War 1-vintage mortar shell from France.
Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Morris said that this is an excellent start to the Gun Amnesty program. The BC Gun Amnesty is endorsed by the BC Association of Chiefs of Police, and is led by the BC RCMP with support from municipal police departments.
Chief Constable Les Sylven said that while the vast majority of firearms owners are law-abiding citizens, he added that when circumstances change, such as the death of a relative who had a gun collection, the Gun Amnesty provides a safe and easy way for people to dispose of these weapons.
The gun amnesty runs until October 31st. Police encourage those in possession of guns they wish to get rid of to contact their local police, who will then pick up the firearms. Firearm owners should not transport the weapons to the police station under any circumstances.
If you wish to participate in the Gun Amnesty program, please call your local police non-emergency line, or visit www.bc-gunamnesty.ca.