Gun amnesty ended, po­lice col­lect hun­dreds of weapons

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

ON­TARIO PROVIN­CIAL PO­LICE AND its mu­nic­i­pal law en­force­ment part­ners re­ceived and ren­dered safe hun­dreds of weapons and thou­sands of rounds of am­mu­ni­tion dur­ing a month­long gun amnesty in April, po­lice re­port.

The OPP re­ceived 592 gun amnesty calls for ser­vice, 86 of which (or 14.5 per cent) were re­ceived through the on­line re­port­ing op­tion on the OPP web­site. They re­cov­ered 689 items through ap­point­ments made with OPP of­fi­cers in­clud­ing 267 ri­fles, 156 shot­guns, 113 pro­hib­ited firearms, and 62 other guns such as replica and vin­tage weapons. Some 12,615 pieces of am­mu­ni­tion were col­lected.

All On­tario po­lice ser­vices par­tic­i­pated in the month-long ini­tia­tive. Dur­ing that time, a to­tal of 1,503 guns were vol­un­tar­ily sur­ren­dered in non-OPP ju­ris­dic­tions.

A ma­jor­ity of firearms that have been sur­ren­dered to po­lice will be de­stroyed, but a num­ber of guns will be re­tained for his­tor­i­cal, ed­u­ca­tional or train­ing pur­poses. Although the gun amnesty has of­fi­cially ended, po­lice will con­tinue to ac­cept sub­mis­sions from the pub­lic. In­ter­ested gun own­ers may call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their lo­cal po­lice ser­vice’s non­emer­gency lines to ar­range for of­fi­cers to at­tend and safely re­trieve the weapons.

Po­lice con­tinue to en­cour­age mem­bers of the pub­lic to turn in un­wanted weapons de­spite the con­clu­sion of this ini­tia­tive. Po­lice re­tain the abil­ity to ex­er­cise dis­cre­tion (amnesty) regarding weapons re­lated charges at all times, not just dur­ing this month long event. The pub­lic is re­minded that no one should ever de­liver guns, am­mu­ni­tion or mil­i­tary or­di­nance di­rectly to po­lice fa­cil­i­ties.

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