During the month of April, the OPP received 592 gun amnesty calls and recovered 689 items during their month long amnesty program.
The haul included 267 rifles, 156 shotguns, 113 prohibited firearms, and 62 other guns such as replica and vintage weapons; and, collected 12,615 pieces of ammunition.
All Ontario police services participated in the initiative.
Another 1,503 guns were voluntarily surrendered in non-OPP jurisdictions.
“I’m so proud of the collaboration demonstrated by members of the OPP and all of our municipal partners during the gun amnesty. The results clearly show the public was engaged and supported our combined efforts to reduce the number of firearms, accessories and ammunition in their communities, which then enhances public and police officer safety.” OPP Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) HAWKES.
While a majority of the firearms will be destroyed some will be kept for historical, educational or training purposes.
Although the gun amnesty has officially ended, it is still possible surrender weapons to the police.
The Police have the ability to exercise discretion (amnesty) regarding weapons related charges at all times, not just during this month long event. Never however deliver any weapon or ammunition directly to police facilities always call and make an appointment.
If you would like to surrender a weapon or ammunition call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or the local police service’s non-emergency lines to arrange for officers to attend and safely retrieve the weapons.
For more information on the Canadian Firearms Program visit the RCMP’s national website. There you will find some general safety information, as well as information on Inherited Firearms.