B.C.’s latest month-long gun amnesty brought in 1,801 firearms, 155 other weapons and approximately 30,700 rounds of ammunition, which were turned in for destruction, furthering public safety throughout the province.
The goal of the program, which ran through June, was to encourage British Columbians to safely dispose of unwanted weapons that might otherwise fall into the hands of criminals, children or others—potentially leading to tragic consequences.
British Columbians were encouraged to surrender weapons by calling their local police to attend, secure and remove the items.
Several interesting items were turned in this year, including a machine gun, which was received by Kelowna RCMP.
Historical firearms, including a Lee-Enfield .303 rifle from World War II and a military missile more than six feet long, were also turned in.
“Regardless of whether a weapon’s history is distinguished, shady or simply unknown, gun amnesty means its future is secure,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton.
“Ultimately, all of these weapons are destroyed. They’re not at risk of being found in a drawer by a child, or of ending up on the street after a break-in.”
The amnesty did not apply to weapons or firearms used to commit crimes.
Kelowna Mounties are expected to release the local gun amnesty numbers Monday.