OPP says more than 2000 guns were turned in during amnesty period

Ruben Hill
May 11, 2018

Peel police joined the OPP and police services across the province for the month-long amnesty. The amnesty was designed for anyone in Ontario who wanted to voluntarily surrender unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories, or ammunition.

"The Amnesty was a great way for citizens to safely surrender their weapons to enhance public safety", said CKPS firearms officer, Constable Rob Tobin.

In Peel, police were called to 21 homes to pick up the unwanted guns, along with 80 pounds of ammunition and eight "edged weapons". In the east region of Ontario there were 258 OPP calls related to the gun amnesty.

The Kingston Police Service recovered 82 firearms including 16 handguns, 27 shotguns, and 39 rifles. Officers also collected pellet guns, air rifles and a large quantity of ammunition.

The OPP and its municipal law-enforcement partners collected hundreds of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition during a month-long gun amnesty.

Barrie police say they will be destroying a majority of the firearms they collected, however, a number of the guns will be retained for historical, educational or training purposes.

While the April drive has ended, police say anyone interested in getting rid of an old gun can still contact their local police service and arrange to have a gun picked up.

The Whig-Standard has requested the specific statistics from OPP detachments in South Frontenac, Frontenac and Leeds County.

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