Re­gional po­lice launch firearms amnesty pro­gram for Novem­ber

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

WITH NOVEM­BER’S AR­RIVAL, WATER­LOO Re­gional Po­lice have again launched their firearms and pro­hib­ited weapons amnesty.

The pro­gram, which runs through to Novem­ber 30, is an op­por­tu­nity for com­mu­nity mem­bers to turn over un­wanted or un­li­censed firearms and other weapons that are po­ten­tially il­le­gal to pos­sess or that pose a safety risk in their homes or com­mu­nity, say po­lice. The pro­gram is an op­por­tu­nity to prop­erly dis­pose of th­ese items with­out fear of pros­e­cu­tion for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion.

The amnesty pe­riod is be­ing re­peated due to the suc­cess of sim­i­lar pro­grams held in 2014 and 2015. Dur­ing th­ese two pro­gram, of­fi­cers col­lected a to­tal of 301 firearms (shot­guns, ri­fles, hand­guns), 117 pel­let/BB/ im­i­ta­tion guns, 32 other weapons, 14,600 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion and six pieces of mil­i­tary ord­nance

“Hav­ing il­le­gally owned firearms and pro­hib­ited weapons taken off the street is a ben­e­fit to our en­tire com­mu­nity,” said Supt. Patrick Di­et­rich. “Many weapons we re­cover that are re­lated to a crime are those that have been stolen from res­i­dences. They end up in the hands of peo­ple who use them to com­mit a crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity. Turn­ing in th­ese un­wanted weapons will re­duce this risk and, in turn, make our streets safer.”

Any­one wish­ing to sub­mit items for de­struc­tion is asked to call (519) 570-9777 to make ar­range­ments for an of­fi­cer to pick up the items. Po­lice ask that res­i­dents do not trans­port th­ese items or de­liver them to po­lice fa­cil­i­ties.

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