British Columbia’s police departments are combining their efforts in making homes across B.C. safer by declaring a province-wide Gun Amnesty throughout the month of June.
With endorsements from the BC Association of Chiefs of Police, the program will run from June 1 to 30. During this time, residents of B.C. will be able to safely dispose of unwanted, documented or undocumented firearms, weapons and ammunition that have not been used in a criminal offence, without facing weapons-related Criminal Code charges.
“We as police officers know full-well the effects and impacts of having firearms inside homes, particularly if they are unsecured. Turning in unwanted firearms will eliminate the risks these weapons pose,” said deputy commissioner Craig Callens, commanding officer of the RCMP in B.C.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond said the Gun Amnesty will work toward minimizing “needless and avoidable tragedies.”
“This amnesty is a chance to take guns and ammunition out of homes and off our streets and make our province safer for everyone,” said Bond.
Anyone who possesses guns, ammunition and weapons—even imitation and pellet weapons, pepper spray and knives—are being asked to phone their local police on the non-emergency line listed in their area phonebook.
Police will go to their residence to receive the weapon. It is important that residents do not transport these weapons themselves into police departments for security reasons.
For more information on the BC Gun Amnesty, how to turn in weapons and types of weapons accepted under this amnesty, visit bcgunamnesty.ca.